Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Meatball sandwich with sautéed veggies and provolone

Did everyone have a nice Valentine's Day? That's good, me too. I haven't been around that much lately on account of not giving a shit about blogging, but I did make some nice meatball sammiches with sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms last night.

I made the meatballs by mixing a pound of ground beef (I got the less-lean kind but should probably start paying better attention to that stuff); a quarter of an onion and two cloves of garlic (both minced); a few fat pinches of dried oregano and thyme, salt and pepper, a few squirts of Worcestershire sauce, a slightly-beaten egg and a handful of breadcrumbs (I make my own but you can use panko or the shit in a can if you want). Mix until just combined. Using the same technique as for the Swedish meatballs, just scoop, scoop, scoop with your little 1/8 cup-sized ice cream scoop until you have 15 perfect little meatballs on your Silpat. Bake for 15 minutes at 425, until golden.

Whilst the meatballs are roasting (and five minutes later, you added some parbaked pan au levain loaves to the oven), warm up some of the tomato sauce you canned last summer, but add more garlic and herbs, and some grated parm for good measure. Simmer until warmed through. In another pan, sauté some sliced onions, sweet peppers and mushrooms in a little olive oil.

Pull the meatballs from the oven and roll them around in the warm sauce to coat. Load the meatballs, sautéed veg and extra sauce onto the bread, then top with a couple slices of provolone. Slide the whole thing back under the broiler for a minute or two to get the cheese melty and browned.

Serve with a green salad and Nathan Petrelli's self-righteousness.

40 comments:

maggie said...

yummm. Never thought of using cookie-scoop for this. brilliant.

Lo said...

Dammit Janet. You're making me hungry.

Exactly the meatball sammich I've been craving... although, honestly, a gooey cheese sammich would do nicely at this point.

Elra said...

Uhhh Heather, look at that melted cheese. It melt my hart too.
Cheers,
Elra

Pam said...

I always leave your site drooling and hungry. It looks incredible.

Alex said...

Oh, I always serve food with a side of self-righteousness. Makes it taste so much better!

Syd said...

Meatball sammies are my favorite. Well, it's a tie between these and a Reuben. But, it's WAY easier to find a good Reuben than a good meatball.

And I'm eating fucking steamed vegs while reading this. Fuck me.

duodishes said...

Everyone should eat one of these at least once a week.

Heather said...

that provolone looks so perfectly browned!!

Olga said...

Those look absolutely great! Definitely better than the stuff I've had in Subway :)

Peter G said...

LOL!...Nathan Petrelli is a prick! ( i love Heroes)...great sammich by the way!

Donna-FFW said...

I am s in love with this. I can not resist the dripping cheese, the sauce, the whole picture. YUM!

Laura said...

Your sandwich looks absolutely glorious!!

LC said...

Love the "whilst"! And the meatball sammich looks stunning.

cook eat FRET said...

perfection - again
i grew up on that sandwich - or thereabouts, but with polly-o mozzarella...

1500 calories and well worth it

(i know, i suck - sorry)

cook eat FRET said...

ps - i hate the word "sammich" and can't get over it

Brittany said...

Totally.
Those tomatoes I canned last summer......the ones from my huge, flourishing vegetable garden....

Nice drippy crispy melty
foodporn, BTW.

bb said...

Meatball sandos are a true "food of love". yours look pretty freaking lovely, by the way. if i would stop dragging my ass to the Garden State cart across the street from work for his glorious meatball hero I'd be more motivated to make my own at home, but I am apparently a victim of convenience. oh, I'm lazy, too!

we are never full said...

yes.. that brown bubbly cheese is the shiznit. meatball hoagies (as i grew up saying) is my fave. but for some reason i only eat them in the summer? not sure why...

Heather said...

Maggie - The ice cream scoop is the best way to make meatballs, I think.

Lo - A grilled chee sounds great to me right now, too.

Elra - You are so cute. (*@_@*)

Pam - Be sure and mop up on your way out.

Alex - It's better than gravy!

Syd - Oh god, a Reuben.

Chrystal - Amen to that! There'd be no war.

Heather - It was just enough.

Olga - "Eat Fresh" my ass. Fuck Subway. :P

Petah - But he is kinda hot, in that authoritative way. ;)

Donna - I really wish I had one right now! Or that I had a time machine!

Laura - Well I guess it was full of glory. Mercy!

Lang - I should talk like a Brit more often, I guess. :)

Claudia - By the totals I came to using CalorieCount.com, that SAMMICH was ~685 calories. Hate on, hater.

Brittany - If you weren't too bust making perfect pink sorbet I just know you'd can your own tomatoes.

Bruce - It takes ALL of my strength not to hit Geraldi's every single day.

Amy - I usually call 'em "subs", but changed it at the last minute. Shrug.

Abigail said...

We're on Heroes season 1 over here in Japan...but I get it about Nathan...

I think if he ate one of these meatball heroes he'd turn into more of one himself.

Eric said...

This looks fantastic.

I want to put that sandwich on the ground and roll in it. I won't though because that would be awkward.

Alex Rushmer said...

Hell, yes. Subway take note.

Foodycat said...

*moans with longing* that is a beautiful sandwich!

If you use less fatty beef, you can have more slices of cheese. True story.

Heather said...

Abigail - He really could use a good sammich.

Eric - Awkward? Not for me, it wouldn't.

Alex - Wouldn't it be great if you could get really delicious homemade subs on every other corner?

Alicia - I love your logic.

Manger La Ville said...

This sounds like a hearty delicious quick and easy meal. Looks tasty!!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Oh yum. Provolone is one of my favorite cheeses and I love a good meatball wedge. (Yes, in my neck of the woods, it's called a wedge. We don't know why we call it a wedge, but it's a small piece of Westchester County vernacular.)

Don't be too concerned about the fat content. I think the fattier beef makes a better meatball.

MrOrph said...

Oh c'mon Heather! You makin' stuff mortals can make? s'up with that? :-)

These look delicious!!!

Manggy said...

Serve with Petrelli's self-righteousness? Some bullshit to balance the awesome deliciousness of a meatball sammie? Hmm... Maybe I'll eat it with bittersweet Chuck-Sarah will-they-or-won't-they instead :)

peter said...

I'd hit that.

These are called "grindahs" where I come from.

glamah16 said...

That used to be my fav after school snack/dinner. I have to make this for CS when he gets back.He loves his meatballs.

cookiecrumb said...

Meatballs are so hip now. And meatloaf. And waffles.
I love that you baked yours.

Heather said...

Manger La Ville - It was all of things, and more.

Rachel - As in a sand-wedge?

Don - Hey, mortals don't get to have all the good stuff. S'not fair.

Marky - I haven't watched Chuck, but I love it when you cuss.

Jube - You'd hit anything in a baguette, trollop. I like that about you. (^_-)

Courtney - I never had one until I was in my late 20s. :\

Cookie - I predict the next trendy food will be....Chicken Cacciatore! We'd better get started now to be ahead of the curve.

The Spiteful Chef said...

Holy shit. That melty cheese is going to haunt me in my sleep. Cheese dripping and clinging to meatballs is how any porno I directed would begin and end.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

OK, so I stay away for a few days, and this is what I come back to.

I'm definitely going to go AWOL again more often. ;-)

Peter M said...

In this neck of the woods, these are called Meatball Subs...delish anywhere and looks almost as good as my pastitsio! ;)

abadeeba said...

ooohhhhhhh... that would have been perfect last night. i was alone and ate frozen pizza instead. and a lettuce salad! lettuce, just lettuce. Let us pray.

cook eat FRET said...

685?
no way
unless you ate half
or it was small

i was thinking grinder sized
man sized
american sized
man vs food sized - ok not that big...

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Now why did you have to go an do that? I was set on a nice healthy veggie lunch of curried squash and pasta until I saw this!

Leigh said...

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.


Yes.

Kevin said...

That looks so good with all of that melted cheese!