Lamb Meatball Grinders

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
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by aargersi

over 2 years ago

This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Hot Sandwich.


emilyolson80's Testing Notes:

Aargersi's Lamb Meatball Grinder is the answer to any meatball sub craving. The meatball mixture is easy to combine and even easier to cook thanks to a short bake in the oven. An extra flavorful sauce (with canned San Marzano tomatoes) provides the perfect foil to the rich, spiced lamb. Thick slices of fontina cheese ooze and create a golden crust on top of the sandwich. This recipe makes more meatballs than suggested which means more sandwiches!

I moved to Texas from Rhode Island 27 years ago, and I love it here, the weather, the people, the culture, all of it - but one thing I miss to this day is a good meatball grinder. I decided to take matters into my own hands and rectify the situation ... so here you go, a Rhode Island meatball grinder from a Naturalized Texan ....

Serves 4

Lamb Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1/2 cup grated onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup fresh bread - ripped up (I used the hollowed out centers of my rolls)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 4 good sized sprigs of fresh oregano
  • olive oil
  1. Heat the oven to 400. Whisk together the milk and egg, season with salt and pepper then add the bread and mix it all together thoroughly.
  2. Pull the oregano leaves off the stems and chop them up. In a large bowl, mix together the lamb, oregano, parmesan, onion and garlic. Then add the milk and bread mixture and work it all together evenly. Use you hands - it's fun! You might add a bit more salt and pepper too (before your hands get all lamby)
  3. Heat a large skillt to medium high, and just cover the bottom with olive oil. While the skillet is heating form your meatballs - make them about ping-pong ball sized, you should get 20 to 22 meatballs. Wash your hands.
  4. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and lightly coat it with olive oil. Cook the meatballs in the skillet for several minutes, until the first side you put in has a nice brown on it, then transfer them to the cookie sheet and into the oven to finish cooking. This will take maybe 10-15 minutes depending on your oven. When the meatballs are cooked, remove them from the oven and set them aside on a plate. Leave the oven on.

Simple Marinara:

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3-4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 - 28 ounce can of San Marzano tomatoes (juice and all)
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 4 good sprigs fresh oregano
  • 4 large fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 rolls - I found fresh soft egg rolls that were intended to be hot dog buns, perfect sized, but go with what looks good!
  • sliced fontina cheese - a lot or a little depending on how much you love cheese. I went with a lot.
  1. Cover the bottom of a largeish saucepan with olive oil, and heat to medium high. Saute the onions for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Add the tomatoes, then rinse the can with red wine and pour that in too. Add a pinch of salt and a grind of pepper, along with the sugar, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, until the liquid has reduced down some. You don't want a thin sauce.
  2. Turn off the heat. Using an immersion blender (or transfer to a blender or processor) and blend the sauce thoroughly, then add the fresh herbs (discard the stems) and blend those in too. Taste, adjust the seasoning, and you're done!
  3. Assemble your grinders - cut the top 1/4 or so off the rolls and hollow them out so you have bread "canoes". My canoes kept wanting to tip over so I made each one it's own little aluminum foil support structure to sit in. A canoe in a canoe. Put 2-3 tbs of sauce in each roll then add meatballs to fill them, I was able to fit 4 meatballs per roll. Then top with more sauce (I like a LOT of sauce but this is entirely up to you) and finish them by topping with fontina cheese - again how much is up to you.
  4. Into the oven with them until the cheese is nice and melted. At this point you can run them under the broiler for a little extra golden crust on the cheese. My broiler is broken though so I couldn't do this - boo
Edamam

Nutrition Info:

PER SERVING:

  • 691 calories
  • 38g total fat
  • 18g saturated fat
  • 140mg cholesterol
  • 924mg sodium
  • 44g carbohydrate (5g dietary fiber, 8g sugar)
  • 39g protein

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