Saturday, September 20, 2008

Turkey Meatball Subs

I've tried this recipe before with ground sirloin and they were so good! I decided to give it a try with ground turkey and they were just as good. Now, the recipe calls for 1 1/2 pounds of ground meat, but I only used a pound and adjusted the rest of the recipe accordingly. That's why there are some strange measurements. I also made the sauce to go along with it. Enjoy!!!

1 pound ground turkey
1 large egg, beaten
2/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 small onion, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1/3 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1-1/3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/6 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
1/6 cup grated Parmigiano or Romano
Coarse salt and black pepper

5 Minute Marinara Sauce:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
A handful flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped, about 2 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (28 ounces) can crushed tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 sub buns, with or without sesame seeds
1 (10-ounce) bag (2 1/2 cups) shredded provolone or Italian 4-cheese blend
Shredded basil (sweet), for garnish

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place ground turkey in a large mixing bowl and punch a well into the center of meat. Fill well with the egg, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire, parsley, cheese, and a little salt and pepper. Mix up meatball ingredients until well combined, yet not over-mixed. Divide mix into 4 equal parts, roll each part into 4 balls and space equally onto a nonstick baking sheet. Place meatballs in oven and roast about 20 minutes. Break a meatball open and make sure meat is cooked through before removing from the oven.

Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and garlic. When garlic starts sizzling, add herbs and crushed pepper. Allow oil to infuse for half a minute, then stir in the tomatoes and season sauce with salt and pepper. Bring sauce to a bubble, reduce heat, and simmer until meatballs are removed from oven.

Combine meatballs and sauce and pile into sub rolls, 3-4 meatballs per sub. Top with shredded cheese and place under subs under broiler to melt cheese. Top with shredded basil.

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