Italian Meatball Buns
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
- 12 frozen bread dough dinner rolls
- 1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs, thawed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
- 1-1/2 cups marinara sauce, warmed
- Let dough stand at room temperature until softened, 25-30 minutes.
- Cut each roll in half. Wrap each portion around a meatball, enclosing meatball completely; pinch dough firmly to seal. Place on greased baking sheets, seam side down. Cover with kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Bake buns until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Brush tops with oil; sprinkle with cheese and basil. Serve with marinara sauce.
Nutrition Facts1 bun with 1 tablespoon sauce: 112 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 248mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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Sep 29, 2018
How did I not think of this! Great appetizer, or to use up leftover meatballs. Simple and quick - and delicious.
Sep 26, 2018
Served these at a party and everyone raved about them. I did make my own meatballs as I don't care for the frozen ones.
Feb 5, 2018
Can these be made ahead of time and then reheated? If so, how should I reheat them?
Dec 14, 2017
I have recently discovered our local Italian deli freezes bags of their mini meatballs which are PERFECT for this treat. I can also get fresh pizza dough there and fresh mozzarella and parmesan which makes this the easiest and most delicious snack extremely easy. We will be making these often. So glad to have found this recipe!
Feb 5, 2017
I made these using pizza dough that I had on hand instead of the rolls. They were very simple to make and came out great! I also added some shredded mozzarella cheese with the last few minutes left to bake. They took about 5 minutes longer to bake since they were touching in the pan.
Dec 21, 2015
I brought these to a fondue party to dip into my pizza sauce/ marinara fondue. Everyone raves about these. My niece especially liked that these were mini versions of her favorite sandwich the meatball sub. I used frozen mini meatballs and and a package of 24 round bread dough rolls. I didn't need to split the rolls as the mini meatballs fit perfectly into one. The little snacks looked just like the picture. These were easy and fun and will make them again.
Mar 21, 2015
Easy and delicious- I have used the refrigerated biscuits in the past for a quick app and have stuffed these with pepperoni, tomatoe sauce, and mozzarella. I've tried them with jalepenos and pineapple, too. Delicious!
Dec 31, 2014
This was perfect with one package Bridgeford rolls (18 rolls) and a bag of meatballs (32 meatballs). It doesn't seem like it will be enough dough to cut them in half, but it is. If the meatballs are partly frozen and the dough is cold, they are much easier to assemble than you think. I didn't have fresh basil but I sprinkled dry basil in the olive oil before brushing it on and it was great. These were a perfect addition for a New Years party with lots of young men ... they loved them. I used doctored up spaghetti sauce to dip.
Dec 23, 2014
these are excellent. I just made them. I did make 2 changes: I don't like Italian meatballs so I used regular ones and before wrapping in the dough I added a bit of mozzarella cheese. I used slab cheese and just cut a small chunk for each one. I used pizza sauce out of a jar for the dipping sauce. These taste great- I'll definitely make them again
Aug 15, 2014
Huge hit with the "grands"!!! Used bread dough and cut to fit. Served with pizza sauce. Thanks!