It was meatball week here. I made a monster batch of my homemade meatballs with plans of using them in all sorts of dishes, from spaghetti and meatballs to meatball sandwiches and meatball soup to, of course, 4-cheese meatball pizza. I love the texture of meatballs on a pizza. They add a nice meatiness to each and every bite, plus they add even more wonderful Italian flavor.
The combination of four different cheeses made for a delightful pizza feast. There weren’t any leftovers. That happens with pizza around here. Roasted cauliflower? Probably gonna have some leftover. Pizza? Nope.
8 Italian cooked meatballs, cut in half (I used my homemade meatballs. See the note below)
Any other desired toppings (I added mushrooms and black olives... plus a few pinches of dried red pepper flake)
1 cup shredded provolone cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/3 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
Note: I used my homemade meatballs. Normally I make them at least 2 ounces each. For the pizza I made 1 ounce meatballs instead. You can still use large meatballs, but instead of halving them you will probably want to quarter them.
Preheat oven to 420 F
If using store-bought pizza dough or crust, prepare per the package instructions.
Ladle sauce onto the pizza and spread out edge-to-edge.
Distribute the meatballs around the pizza.
Add any other toppings that you desire.
Sprinkle with the cheeses.
Transfer to a pizza stone or pan and bake 10-12 minutes or until the dough is crispy and the cheeses are melted.
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. I 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.
Nothing beats a tasty meatball sandwich. You can throw these easy grilled spicy meatball sandwiches together in just minutes. Although you could make this indoors, grilling the meatballs adds a nice charred flavor. Substitute mozzarella cheese and leave out the hot sauce for a less spicy version.
I recently tried one of Captain Jim’s hot sauces (sadly, no longer available. Just substitute your favorite BBQ sauce or glaze) at a food truck. I loved it, so I drove on over to INgredients (our local field-to-fork store that sadly is also gone!) and picked up a bottle each of every variety. It didn’t take me long to realize that I should’ve bought more than a single bottle of each….
The first thing I made was this straightforward approach to grilled bacon-wrapped meatballs. Everyone loves bacon. And meatballs. But to really make them out-of-this-world good, you need a good glaze and dipping sauce.
The glaze on these Caribbean Dream Bacon-Wrapped Meatballs sets up on the bacon, giving it a nice crunch. There’s a hint of sweetness from the honey, and a really nice kick from the hot sauce. Caribbean Dream hot sauce is a cayenne pepper-based sauce with a wonderful jerk flavoring. It isn’t that hot. It has a tremendous tropical flavor, with a slightly chunky consistency, and is almost fruity.
I make some great homemade meatballs if I do say so myself. Creole meatballs and Greek meatballs are some of our favorites, among others! But when I’m in a rush, and I don’t have a bunch of homemade meatballs in the freezer, I reach for a bag of the new Johnsonville meatballs. They’re mighty tasty, that’s for sure. And they make great meatball sliders.
These meatball sliders disappeared in no time while we were watching football last weekend. They’re the perfect party food. For something a little more substantial, make my spicy grilled meatball sandwiches.
We’ve really been enjoying the big batch of Creole meatballs we made. As appetizers, on subs and over pasta, they are tasty and my favorite part, they have kick! This Creole meatballs and spaghetti came out quite tasty, and it definitely has some great spicy kick to it. Our Creole meatballs are so tender and tasty. Definitely not bland like plain old meatballs. Topped with a great spicy tomato sauce, this is a great dinner dish. Just add some of our Gotta-Have-It garlic bread and a little salad on the side, and you’ll be in heaven!I keep these meatballs and sauce on hand for a quick meal. Just heat them up and serve over pasta with some Parmesan and you’ve got dinner.
Anita proclaimed this to be the ‘best sandwich I’ve ever made’. It’s messy, has some kick and it very yummy. I wouldn’t change a thing about it this Creole meatball sub sandwich next time I make it, which will be very soon!My Creole meatballs pack a bit of a punch. I like that. A lot. They’re tender and just perfect on a Creole meatball sub sandwich, loaded with lots of my Creole meatball sauce and topped with cheese. Don’t skimp on the sauce. The sign of a good sandwich is one that drips when you pick it up and take a bite.
I make a big batch of the Creole meatballs and freeze a good number of them. They defrost in minutes and make for the perfect quick dinner.