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.

Giardiniera Meatball Sandwich
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Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Hollow out as much of the bread as you can to make room for the meatballs and toppings.
  2. Place on a sheet pan under the broiler for a minute or two until the bread starts to get crunchy.
  3. Add cheese and meatballs. Place under the broiler for another minute or two until the cheese melts.
  4. Add Giardiniera and bell pepper strips.
  5. Slice into two 6" sandwiches and serve.

 

Easy Grilled Spicy Meatball Sandwiches

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.

Easy Grilled Spicy Meatball SandwichesI used our homemade pizza and pasta sauce on these sandwiches. I had a batch on hand after making some awesome pizzas the day before. And although homemade meatballs would be preferred, I needed a quick dish, so I used Johnsonville’s Italian-Style meatballs.

Easy Grilled Meatball Sandwiches
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 wooden skewers, soaked for 30 minutes
  • 10 Johnsonville Italian Style Meatballs, thawed
  • 2 sub sandwich rolls or 1 baguette, halved
  • 1/2 cup pizza or pasta sauce, warmed
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • Pepperjack cheese, shredded
  • 1 green onion, sliced, for garnish (substitute pickled jalapenos for more kick!)
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill for direct cooking.
  2. Carefully poke the meatballs onto the skewers and place on the grill.
  3. Grill 2-3 minutes per side until lightly charred. Remove.
  4. Toast buns as desired.
  5. Warm the sauce, adding a bit of hot sauce, to taste. Stir.
  6. To serve, place meatballs on buns. I kept the meatballs on the skewers.
  7. Top with sauce and cheese.
  8. Return sandwiches to grill to melt the cheese (or put them under the broiler for 1 minute).
  9. Serve garnished with green onion.
  10. Eat by gently squeezing the buns together while pulling out the skewers.

 

Caribbean Dream Bacon-Wrapped Meatballs

I recently tried one of Captain Jim’s hot sauces (sadly, no longer available) 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….

Caribbean Dream Bacon-Wrapped MeatballsThe 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.

Caribbean Dream Meatball Bacon-Wrapped Meatballs
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound (about 32) frozen precooked meatballs, thawed
  • 16 pieces thin bacon
  • 32 toothpicks
For the sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Line two large baking sheet pans with aluminum foil.
  3. Place the bacon on the foil, but do not overlap the pieces.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes, flip, and bake another 5 minutes. You aren't trying to cook the bacon through, just partially cook it so it will get crispy on the grill.
  5. Remove bacon to paper towel-lined plates. Let pans cool and either reserve the bacon grease for another use, or simply roll the foil into balls and toss away. No mess, no fuss.
  6. Make the sauce by placing the honey in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  7. Add a tablespoon of water and stir. If the mixture is too thick, add more water, a little at a time.
  8. Once warm, add hot sauce to the mixture and heat through.
  9. Fire up your grill for indirect cooking.
  10. Wrap a piece of bacon around each meatball and secure with a toothpick.
  11. Place meatballs over indirect heat and cook for 5-10 minutes or until the bacon starts to crisp, rotating once.
  12. Brush sauce over each meatball and cook another 2 minutes.
  13. Rotate and brush with sauce again. Cook another 2 minutes and remove from grill.
  14. Serve with remaining sauce for dipping.

 

Meatball Sliders

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.

Meatball SlidersThese meatball sliders disappeared in no time while we were watching football last weekend. They’re the perfect party food.

Meatball Sliders
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Ingredients
  • 1 (28 ounce) jar pasta sauce, or about 4 cups homemade
  • 32 meatballs from a bag of your favorite flavor Johnsonville meatballs
  • 2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 pound fresh Mozzarella cheese, sliced thin
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F.
  2. Add pasta sauce to a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add in the meatballs and simmer until warmed.
  4. Open rolls and separate into triangles. Cut each triangle in half to form two smaller triangles.
  5. Pinch off a piece (about a 1/3rd of a slice) of mozzarella and place it onto the dough. Gently push it down to give the meatball a place to sit.
  6. Remove a meatball from the sauce. Shake off the excess sauce and add the meatball on top of the cheese. Roll up the dough and place on an un-greased baking pan.
  7. Continue the process until all of the meatballs are used. Reserve the sauce.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 18-22 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.
  9. Serve with the reserved warmed sauce, for dipping.

 

Vegetable and Meatball Soup

I had pretty low expectations when I set out to make this vegetable and meatball soup. I was very pleasantly surprised in the end. It came out very tasty despite being incredibly easy to make.Vegetable and Meatball Soup

I’ll definitely make this again!

Vegetable and Meatball Soup
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Ingredients
  • 3 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
  • 1 pound frozen cooked meatballs
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Great Northern beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, granulated garlic, and dried oregano OR 3 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup dried rotini pasta
Instructions
  1. Combine beef broth, meatballs, beans, tomatoes, spices, and vegetables in a large pot or Dutch oven.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in the pasta and return to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue simmering for 10 minutes or until the pasta is done.

Creole Meatballs and Spaghetti

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!Creole Meatballs and SpaghettiI 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.

Creole Meatballs and Spaghetti
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  1. Cook the pasta per package instructions and drain well. Divide between two plates.
  2. Top pasta with meatballs and sauce.
  3. Sprinkle with freshly grated cheese.
  4. Serve with warmed French bread.

 

Creole Meatball Sub Sandwich

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!Creole Meatball Sub SandwichMy 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.

Creole Meatball Sub Sandwich
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  1. Lightly toast the bread in your oven.
  2. Add meatballs, top with sauce and cheese.
  3. Place under over broiler until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.
  4. Cut into 4-6" slices and serve