Mini Meatball Heroes by Giada

"This recipe comes from Giada De Laurentiis. Mmmmmm....this is on the table in less than an hour! You can use any combination of meats to equal 1-1/2 pounds."
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Ready In:
12 mini sandwiches




  • To make the meatballs, whisk the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl to blend.
  • Stir in the cheese and bread crumbs.
  • Mix in the meats.
  • Using about 2 tablespoons meat for each, shape into 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inch meatballs. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in large frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Working in batches, add the meatballs and saute until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Drain off excess oil.
  • Add the marinara sauce and simmer over medium-low heat until sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • To make the sandwiches: spoon the hot meatballs with some sauce over the bottoms of the the rolls.
  • Place 1/2 slice provolone on the top of meatballs and sprinkle with Parmesan.
  • Spread more sauce of the rolls tops, the flod the tops of the rolls over and serve.

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  1. We made this with Giada's marinara recipe & it was flawless!! I found the sauce & meatballs makes good pasta topping, thanks for sharing! :D
  2. I used dried parsley, used half of the parmesan cheese (to lower fat), crushed melba snack crackers, and ground beef and seasoned venison/pork sausage. My husband recommended shaping the meat into balls and tossing them into my palm like a baseball to pack the meatball together and compress air. The meatballs held together perfectly. My 2nd batch went together in a hurry and I skipped his suggestion. Shouldn't have been surprised when the meatballs fell apart while cooking in the sauce.
  3. These are excellent. I've made them a few times. The first time was for New Year's Eve 2007 family gathering. Everyone raved about them.
  4. Delicious and very easy to make! I used only ground pork and ground beef for the meat mixture. We also used large sub rolls for our sandwiches. We're having the leftover meatballs and sauce over pasta! Thanks for sharing this keeper!



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