I'm not sure why, but last night I got a huge craving for a meatball sub. I haven't had one in ages, and decided that rather than going to subway to grab a bite to eat, I would use some leftover sauce and cheese from my pizza this week and create a tasty dinner. I ended up going the simple route and improvised making the meatballs for my meal. I used this recipe from Alton Brown of Food Network as a guide for making some tasty meatballs, but I didn't buy lamb, eggs, or any of those other ingredients.
Essentially I made the meatballs with lean ground beef, sausage, some salt and pepper, some all purpose seasoning I bought ages ago and some bread crumbs that I had left over from chicken parmesan. I didn't use any exact measurements on anything, but I used roughly a half a pound of both sausage and beef and mixed them together. Then I seasoned the meats with the salt and mixed seasoning to make sure I wouldn't be stuck with a ball of blandness. Something you may want to try is getting spicy sausage so you can have spicy meatballs. After rolling the meat into balls, I cooked them for about 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven. After that, I took them out of the oven and cut open my hoagie rolls. Rather than putting the meatballs right in and covering them with sauce, I decided to put some garlic butter inside the rolls. After that I took the meatballs and added them to the rolls and put sauce and cheese on the top. I stuck it back in the oven to make sure the cheese melted, and voila! My meatball subs were finished.
I spent $3.99 on the sausage, $3.09 on the ground beef, and $2.99 on the sub rolls. I didn't have to spend any money on any of the other ingredients because I had them left over from previous meals. So in the end, I spent $10.07, and only used half of the meat, which was plenty for three subs. The subs cost me about $1.66 per serving to make. If that isn't cheap (and tasty), I don't know what is! I highly encourage you to try making these sometime. It's very cheap, but it's also very filling. I'll be honest, I had two subs, but one would have been plenty for me. Like I said before, I still have leftovers for future recipes as well, so overall, it was a great dinner to make!
How do you make meatball subs?