The Best Meatball Sub Ever

Ingredients

  • 6-8 slices of Galbani® Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Galbani® Shredded Parmesan Cheese (plus 1 Tbsp. for topping)
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef (80/20)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (plus 1 tsp. for topping)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 jar marinara (warm up 2 cups of marinara and set aside)
  • 1 loaf batard or baguette-style bread about 18” long
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil (plus 1/2 cup for topping)
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  • Meatballs: Combine beef, garlic, eggs, cheese, parsley and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Blend in bread crumbs. Mix together. Add water slowly, for extra moisture.
  • Shape into meatballs. About 2 inches in diameter.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet and add meatballs.
  • Brown the sides and then reduce heat to low. Cover and let the meatballs cook thoroughly.
  • Meanwhile, prepare olive oil topping by combining the topping ingredients; olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, kosher salt and freshly chopped basil. Set aside.
  • Assembling the sub: use a cutting board to vertically slice the bread into 6” portions, not horizontally.
  • Carefully, with your fingers remove the inside of the bread, hollowing out the 6” section.
  • Start by putting a tbsp. or more of marinara sauce inside the hollowed bread. Making sure that every side is covered.
  • Next, add a couple of slices of cheese; overlapping them. Put 2 meatballs on the cheese. Roll the meatballs up in the cheese.
  • Place into the hollowed-out section of the bread. Do this for all the sections.
  • Line a baking sheet with a piece of aluminum foil. Carefully put the stuffed bread onto the foil and baking sheet, placing all sections back together, resembling a whole sub.
  • Drizzle with the prepared olive oil/cheese topping. Wrap the sub in the aluminum foil.