Saucy Onion Meatball Subs Recipe
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Saucy Onion Meatball Subs Recipe

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Some people just won’t eat a tomato whether in slice, dice or marinara, so for them, a French onion sauce is a rich alternative dressing up this turkey version of a meatball sub. —Andria Gaskins, Matthews, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • SAUCE:
  • 3 cups sliced onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 submarine buns
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 775 calories, 34g fat (11g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 1910mg sodium, 81g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 34g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. With wet hands, shape turkey mixture into 1-1/2-in. balls. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in oil in batches; drain and set aside.
  2. For sauce, in the same skillet, saute onions in oil until tender. Add garlic and thyme; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add the beef and chicken broths. Stir in the salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Add meatballs; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 9-11 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink.
  4. Meanwhile, cut each bun in half lengthwise, leaving one side attached. Place buns, cut sides up, on baking sheets. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until toasted.
  5. Top buns with meatballs and onions; sprinkle with cheese. Broil 2-4 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve with remaining sauce for dipping if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Saucy Onion Meatball Subs in Taste of Home February/March 2012, p39

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sarahjo83 User ID: 4236789 116903
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"Even the kids slicked this up!!"

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