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Saturday tasty treat: Meat lovers meatball sub

Prepare these delicious, flavorful and quick and easy meat lovers meatball sub sandwiches for yourself and your loved ones for a relaxed meal.

Pair these meatball subs with oven baked or fried chips or wedges for a much healthier and filling meal.

Meat lovers meatball sub

meatball sub
Meat lovers meatball sub. Image: iStock


For the meatball sub

  • 600 g ground sirloin steak
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce,
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano or Romano
  • Coarse salt and black pepper

For the marinara sauce

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • A handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can of peeled tomatoes
  • 1 can coarse-style crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 semolina crispy subrolls, with or without sesame seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Provolone or Italian 4-cheese mix
  • Grated basil (sweet) or shredded arugula (spicy) leaves, for garnish

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  1. Preheat the oven to 232°C.
  2. Place the ground sirloin steak in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center of the meat. Fill well with egg, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire, parsley, cheese and a little salt and pepper. Mix the meatball ingredients together until well combined, but not over-blended. Divide the mix into 4 equal parts, roll each part into 4 balls and spread them evenly on a non-stick baking sheet. Place the meatballs in the oven and roast for about 12 minutes. Break open a meatball and make sure the meat is cooked before removing it from the oven.
  3. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and garlic. When the garlic starts to sizzle, add spices and ground pepper. Let the oil infuse for half a minute, then stir in the tomatoes and season the sauce with salt and pepper. Bring the sauce to a bubble, reduce the heat and simmer until the meatballs are removed from the oven.
  4. Combine meatballs and sauce and stack into sub buns, 4 meatballs per sub. Top with shredded cheese and place under subs under broiler to melt cheese. Sprinkle with shredded basil or arugula and serve with a stack of oven chips.

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