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‘Family Meal’ Meatball Subs with Mozzarella, Parmesan & Fresh Basil

Chef Ryan plated a "summertime tagliatelle" for his guests during a long, busy summer weekend, but he made sure that everyone who helped serve was also well-fed, putting together a "family meal" of meatball subs. Although messy and meaty, each bite is simple, warm and comforting, and a reflection of the kind, wholehearted, genuine atmosphere of The Giving Kitchen community.

Prep Time: 15 Min Cook Time: 40 Min

About the Dish

  • Pastured Ground Pork

    Pastured Ground Pork

  • Ground Grass-Fed Beef

    Ground Grass-Fed Beef

  • Farm Eggs

    Farm Eggs

  • Bread Crumbs

    Bread Crumbs

  • Ground Fennel Seed

    Ground Fennel Seed

  • Spice Blend

    Spice Blend

  • Shallot


  • Garlic


  • Tomato Sauce

    Tomato Sauce

  • Basil


  • Hot Dog Buns

    Hot Dog Buns

  • Mozzarella


  • Parmesan Cheese

    Parmesan Cheese


MISE EN PLACE • Heat oven to 425° F. • Peel and finely chop shallot. • Peel and mince garlic. • Slice mozzarella. • Pick basil. Cut or tear leaves into small pieces. • Split buns.
In a bowl, combine pork, beef, egg, breadcrumbs, fennel, half of Italian spice and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.
• Grease a baking sheet with 1 teaspoon olive oil. • Form 1-inch meatballs (you should get about 32 meatballs). • Arrange on a baking sheet, leaving space between each. • Bake in oven until browned and cooked through, about 20 minutes.
While meatballs bake: • Place a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil. When oil is hot, add shallot and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until shallot is tender, about 2 minutes. • Stir in tomato sauce, remaining Italian spice and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. • When sauce simmers, taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Keep warm over low heat.
Add meatballs to sauce.
TO SERVE: • Return sauce and meatballs to medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are warmed through. • Fold in basil.
• On a baking sheet, fill buns with meatballs and sauce. • Top filling with mozzarella and Parmesan. • Bake in oven until cheese is melted, 6-8 minutes.
Carefully cut each sub crosswise into 3 or 4 pieces. Enjoy!