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Meatball Subs

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
Hands-on time 29 mins
Total time 29 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)
These meaty, saucy, two-napkin sandwiches are destined for heavy dinnertime rotation.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 12 ounces ground sirloin (90% lean)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, halved and seeded
  • 1 1/3 cups lower-sodium marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup sliced onion
  • 4 (2-ounce) hoagie sandwich buns
  • 2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • Thinly sliced basil (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 423
  • fat 16 g
  • satfat 6.2 g
  • monofat 5.6 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 25.7 g
  • carbohydrate 44.3 g
  • fiber 4.8 g
  • cholesterol 100 mg
  • iron 4.1 mg
  • sodium 708 mg
  • calcium 107 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler to high.

  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl; mix gently. Working with damp hands, gently shape beef mixture into 16 meatballs. Arrange meatballs in a single layer on a heavy-duty baking sheet coated with cooking spray, leaving 6 inches of open space on one end. Place bell pepper halves, skin sides up, on open space on pan. Broil 6 inches from heat for 7 minutes, turning meatballs once. Remove pan from oven. Place peppers in a small paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand for 10 minutes. Remove peppers from bag. Peel and slice into 1/4-inch-thick strips.

  3. Bring marinara sauce to a simmer in a large skillet over medium-low heat; add meatballs, tossing to coat. Keep warm.

  4. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion slices; cook 4 minutes on each side or until charred. Remove onion from pan.

  5. Coat insides of buns with cooking spray, and broil 2 minutes or until toasted. Top each bun with 4 meatballs and 1/3 cup sauce. Divide peppers, onions, and cheese evenly among sandwiches; broil sandwiches 2 minutes or until bubbly and browned. Garnish with basil, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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