Open Faced Sandwiches are the BEST!
Especially when there’s a MEATBALL ON TOP! 👌🏻
Spicy Meatball Open Faced Mini Sandwich
1 package Hawaiian Mini Sub Sweet Rolls
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 tsp. Dried oregano
1 tsp. Dried basil
4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 cup finely-grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 cup finely-chopped fresh parsley, chopped and divided
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
1 tsp. Sea salt
1/2 tsp. Freshly ground Pepper
1/4 tsp. Crushed red pepper flakes
2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 24 oz. jar favorite spaghetti sauce (I used Zia’s which is a local restaurant here in the Lou)
4 tbsp. Olive oil, for frying
4 tsp. Butter for rolls
1 tsp. Dried Italian seasoning for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine pork, beef, eggs, oregano, basil, bread crumbs, minced garlic, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup parsley, onion, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Mix to combine, using your hands, until evenly mixed. Do not knead. The mixture should be slightly wet and workable, not too sticky. Using your hands, gently form meat into balls a bit bigger than a golf ball. Place on a plate until ready to brown.
Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat on medium -high heat. Add all the meatballs to the pan and allow them to sit until they are brown on one side. Carefully turn each one with tongs to brown the other side. Keep turning with tongs until they are completely and evenly browned.
Remove meatballs and place on paper lined plate to absorb any excess grease.
Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in oven for 30 mins. When finished remove the meatballs and place in large saucepan with the spaghetti sauce and allow to simmer until sauce is completely warmed.
Place buns in halves on separate baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread butter evenly on rolls. Sprinkle with garlic powder and top with mozzarella cheese. Broil on low until buns toasted and cheese melted.
Place one meatball on each roll and top with more sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, fresh parsley and dried Italian seasoning.