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These are incredible, and easy. Starts with the crockpot, ends under the broiler. Tastes better than a deli sub--and that's coming from my husband! Kids love them too. Have a knife and fork ready, since these are pretty big. It looks long and involved, but it really, really isn't!
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
- 32 ounces prepared chunky marinara sauce
- 1 (6 ounce) can no-added-salt tomato paste
- 1 egg
- 1⁄4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 3 -4 sub sandwich buns
- cooking spray
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1⁄2-3⁄4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Soak minced onion in 1 tbsp water for 5 minutes.
- Put sauce and paste in the crockpot, whisk to blend.
- In a large bowl, put turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic powder and olive oil.
- Mix until just combined--be careful not to knead or squeeze the combination too much.
- The mixture will be soft and sticky--that's okay.
- Form into patties, (not balls) 1 inch thick by 3 inches long.
- Drop into sauce in crockpot.
- If needed, put more sauce in to cover the meatballs.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours, until meat is done (my crockpot's low setting will cook the meat in 4 hours, so check on them after 4).
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Place 3-4 rolls, split, onto a cookie sheet.
- Spray the split rolls with cooking spray (this will keep the rolls from getting soggy later).
- Sprinkle with garlic salt.
- Bake until crusty--about 3-5 minutes--keep an eye on them.
- Remove from oven.
- Switch oven to Broil.
- Meanwhile, place 2-3 meatballs on each roll, then top liberally with sauce.
- Sprinkle with mozzarella, covering the sauce.
- Broil for 2 minutes, or until cheese melts and starts to brown.
- Serve immediately.