Giardiniera Meatball Sandwich

Maybe it’s because I don’t get out enough, but I’d never heard of putting Giardiniera on a meatball sandwich before. Whomever came up with the idea should be knighted (if we knighted folks in the US). Add a bit of roasted red bell pepper and you have a super-easy-to-make incredibly yummy sandwich. Perfect any time, but also great because I almost always have the ingredients to make Giardiniera meatball sandwiches on hand.
Giardiniera Meatball SandwichI used mild Giardiniera when making these meatball sandwiches, but hot would be fantastic too. Just chop it up a bit before spooning it on top.

I did ‘cheat’ and use frozen meatballs. If I’d had more time to throw dinner together, I would’ve made a batch of my Italian meatballs. I try to keep some on hand at all times, but truth is, they are just so good that there’s just never any leftovers.

For a different twist, substitute my okra giardiniera for the ‘normal’ stuff.

Giardiniera Meatball Sandwich

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Mike


  • 1 12 " loaf French bread sliced horizontally
  • 10-12 cooked meatballs warmed (if using frozen store-bought, bake per package instructions first)
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • Giardiniera chopped
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper sliced thin


  • Hollow out as much of the bread as you can to make room for the meatballs and toppings.
  • Place on a sheet pan under the broiler for a minute or two until the bread starts to get crunchy.
  • Add cheese and meatballs. Place under the broiler for another minute or two until the cheese melts.
  • Add Giardiniera and bell pepper strips.
  • Slice into two 6" sandwiches and serve.

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