Typically when you make a pot of sauce and meatballs, there is more than enough and there are leftovers. And sometimes you may not want to continue eating pasta with your leftover sauce. One of my favorite “leftover” meals is a meatball sandwich. They are quick, easy, and delicious.
The ingredients you’ll need are simple: 8 meatballs, 2+ cups of sauce, 4 good sandwich rolls, sliced provolone or mozzarella cheese, butter, garlic powder or salt, parmesan cheese and parsley.
I think that everybody makes meatball sandwiches differently, and I’m going to tell you all the secrets that were passed down to me from my dad. I can remember making these with him when I was young. Just watching everything he did so that I could do it myself next time. It’s hard to eat a sandwich with whole meatballs on it, in my opinion, so I like to slice the meatballs into 3-4 slices each, depending on the size of them. For each sandwich you would like to make, begin by slicing 2 meatballs.
Once you have all the meatballs sliced up, throw them in a frying pan. Cover them with a significant amount of sauce. Turn up the heat and begin to get these babies up to temp. Watch them closely, as you don’t want to get them too hot or burn them, which is pretty hard to do. In the meantime, slice the rolls in half, butter both sides, and sprinkle with garlic powder or salt and grated parmesan cheese. Toast the rolls under a broiler for a few minutes until they’re golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Top each roll with the sliced cheese. This will help the bread to not get soggy. Add a couple scoops of the meatball mixture. Fold the sandwich up, and enjoy yummy goodness of this meatball sandwich!