Meatball grinders are perfect for game day. Tender meatballs are simmered in marinara sauce, then loaded into hoagie rolls and topped with mozzarella cheese.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).

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  • Combine soft bread crumbs, dry bread crumbs, and milk in a large bowl and allow to soak until the bread crumbs absorb most of the milk, about 10 minutes. Add ground beef, Italian sausage, 1 cup marinara sauce, eggs, garlic, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes and mix until thoroughly combined. Form into 16 large meatballs.

  • Heat 1 cup olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook meatballs until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes.

  • Bring 1 cup marinara sauce to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add cooked meatballs and heat through, about 5 minutes.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir onion, red bell pepper, and serrano pepper in the hot oil until onion softens, 5 to 6 minutes. Add Marsala wine, salt, and black pepper; cook until wine has evaporated and onion turns golden, about 10 minutes.

  • Spread each hoagie bun with 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese and 1 tablespoon garlic basil spread. Place four meatballs and a spoonful of marinara sauce on top. Sprinkle each sandwich with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.

  • Place sandwiches onto a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and buns are toasted, about 5 minutes. Top each sandwich with 1/4 of the onion mixture; garnish each sandwich with 2 tablespoons of basil and 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.

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We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

986 calories; 60.6 g total fat; 189 mg cholesterol; 1789 mg sodium. 64.6 g carbohydrates; 44.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2017
I loved the sound of everything about this sandwich but I was most excited about adding the sausage and marinara into the meatballs. It took a lot of time to make all the different parts but the result was a very tasty meatball sub. Unfortunately the meatballs just weren't as interesting as I was hoping and they just didn't stand out against all the other ingredients. Perhaps just a case of too much going on. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/03/2016
This was way too labor intensive. Anyone who make this must love to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2017
I loved the sound of everything about this sandwich but I was most excited about adding the sausage and marinara into the meatballs. It took a lot of time to make all the different parts but the result was a very tasty meatball sub. Unfortunately the meatballs just weren't as interesting as I was hoping and they just didn't stand out against all the other ingredients. Perhaps just a case of too much going on. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2017
I loved the sound of everything about this sandwich but I was most excited about adding the sausage and marinara into the meatballs. It took a lot of time to make all the different parts but the result was a very tasty meatball sub. Unfortunately the meatballs just weren't as interesting as I was hoping and they just didn't stand out against all the other ingredients. Perhaps just a case of too much going on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2016
My goodness this was really good. The garlic basil sauce put this sandwich over the top. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/03/2016
This was way too labor intensive. Anyone who make this must love to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2015
Excellent! I didn't make the garlic basil spread. I just topped the sandwich with fresh basil. Very delicious! I also used vermouth (longer shelf life) instead of the Marsala wine. Will definitely make again! The family loved it! Read More