Quick and Yummy Meatball Panini's

Recipe by FeelinYummy
READY IN: 25mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    loaf ciabatta, sliced in half lengthwise and then in quarters to make 4 sandwiches
  • 1
    (26 ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 12
    ounces frozen meatballs (varies depending on size of meatballs)
  • 3
    tablespoons olive oil
  • 2
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 2
    tablespoons italian seasoning
  • 4
    slices mozzarella cheese (deli sliced)

DIRECTIONS

  • Add olive oil, garlic and Italian seasoning to a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Add marinara sauce and meatballs to a medium sauce pan and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • When the sauce is hot and the meatballs are heated all the way through turn off the heat and remove meatballs from the sauce.
  • Remove the olive oil from the heat and over a small bowl, pour the oil mixture through a small metal strainer.
  • Using the back of a metal spoon, scrape the bottom of the strainer, pushing the garlic "paste" into the bowl.
  • Brush a thin layer of the flavored oil onto the cut sides of the bread.
  • Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce over one side of the bread.
  • Cut each meatball in half and place them in an even layer over the marinara sauce.
  • Place a slice of mozzarella cheese over the meatballs.
  • Place the other slice of bread on top of the cheese covered meatballs.
  • Heat an indoor grill pan over medium high heat.
  • Place the sandwiches on the grill and cover with a bacon press or other heavy object and cook just until nice grill marks appear.
  • Turn the sandwiches over and place the bacon press on top and cook just long enough to see grill marks.
  • Serve.