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Favorite Meatball Sandwiches

 Favorite Meatball Sandwiches
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.
10-12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours

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

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Favorite Meatball Sandwiches (continued)

Ingredients (continued)

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Rolls
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese, optional

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.