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Favorite Meatball Sandwiches Recipe
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Favorite Meatball Sandwiches Recipe

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With all the cattle ranchers in our state, these sandwiches are a great way to use ground beef. I've done a lot of traveling and tried a lot of recipes, but I think this is one of the best I've ever tasted. It makes a hearty meal.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES: 10-12 servings

Ingredients

  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • MEATBALLS:
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Rolls
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 402 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 77 mg cholesterol, 913 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 21 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, onion and green pepper until the sausage is browned and the vegetables are tender; drain. Add the remaining sauce ingredients; bring to a boil. cover and simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the first 8 meatball ingredients; crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1 in. balls. Brown in oil; drain. Add to the sauce; cover and simmer for 2 hours. Serve on rolls. Top with cheese if desired. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Meatball Sandwiches in Country August/September 1994, p49

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 402 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 77 mg cholesterol, 913 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 21 g protein.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"I make this at least every other week as we all love these meatballs and they just get better as leftovers. I serve with spaghetti & the sauce is just right. It is definitely a go-to recipe for potlucks as well as they are soooo good. The sausage really makes them excellent."

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Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"Excellent! Just as good without the sub rolls. All the sausage really gives it great extra flavor."

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Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"More Please!! I thought this did not look saucey enough...but it was perfect!! Will put this recipe in the "Family Cook Book.""

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Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"These our for sure the best sandwiches. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Definitely a keeper. Will be a "go-to" for years to come."

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Reviewed May. 21, 2010

"Easy to make, excellent flavor."

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