Appetizers, Dinner, Sandwiches, Sides

Whoaaa! Meatballs!!!

After watching 7 straight episodes of The Jersey Shore, I decided I needed to make meatballs. I had never seen the show before and after the first episode I literally couldn’t pull myself away. It’s incredible.

I learned all about “GTL” and how to avoid “grenades.” And what “t-shirt time” means. My favorite part is kinda how The Situation cooks Sunday dinners for all of them. And he always, ALWAYS make meatballs. I can’t even try and pronouce meatballs the way they do.

And no, this recipe didn’t come from The Situation, whom by the way, just came out with a book that supposedly promises recipes for all of the food he cooks on Sundays. Umm…can we say Christmas present? Yeah, I’m pumped.

This recipe came from The Pioneer Woman because I’m not sure she’s ever made a bad meal in her life. And because she says funnier and whittier things than all of us combined.

Moving on….

These meatballs are super easy to make. I also love how you can make a big batch of these and have dinner for days.

You can put them in a sandwich, put them on top of pasta, or even eat them on your own. Super versatile.

After you mix the meat with the egg, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan and spices, you just make little meatballs…

Then sautee them up and make the sauce. When they’re all done, you can make these awesome sandwiches, by simply putting meatballs in a roll and topping it with some tomato sauce. If I could go back, I’d put a lot more sauce on top. Sauce is good.

I topped it off with slices of fresh mozzarella, but you can use provolone or swiss or whatever you have on hand. Then I put it under the broiler for 5 minutes. And then it came out all melty and hot, like this….


Adapted slightly from The Pioneer Woman

Print this cute recipe!

I only adapted the recipe with what I had on-hand. I decreased most of the ingredients so this actually made about 18 meatballs.


1/2 pounds Ground Beef

1/2 pounds Ground Pork

2 cloves Garlic, Minced

1/2 cups Fine Bread Crumbs

1 whole Eggs

1/2 cups Freshly Grated Parmesan

¼ cups Flat-leaf Parsley, Minced

¼ teaspoons Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1/4 cups Olive Oil


1/2 whole Yellow Onion, Diced

1 cloves Garlic, Minced

1 whole 28 Ounce Can Crushed Tomatoes

Salt to taste

1/4 teaspoon Sugar

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

¼ cups Flat-leaf Parsley, Minced

For Sandwich:

2-4 Baguettes

8 slices of fresh mozzarella

Preparation Instructions

To make the meatballs, combine meat, garlic, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley in a mixing bowl. Mix together well with hands. Roll into 18 1 1/2-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet into the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up.

To brown the meatballs, heat olive oil in a heavy pot or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs 8 at a time, turning to brown. Remove and drain on a paper towel after each batch. Set meatballs aside.

In the same pot, add the onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes, or until translucent. Pour in crushed tomatoes. Add salt, pepper, sugar, and parsley. Stir to combine and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.

Add meatballs to pot and stir in gently. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring very gently a couple of times during the simmer.

Make cuts in both of your baguettes like they’re a sub. Stick a few meatballs in and top with sauce. Then add the slices of mozzarella and place under a broiler for 5 minutes, or until all melty.

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  • Reply Katie October 4, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I have never been good at making meatballs EVER!!! Just for the hell of it I tried this recipe since I had every needed on hand. It was yummy!!! My whole family was pleasantly surprised!! Thank you

  • Reply Dana November 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Those are some pretty looking meatballs, all nestled in the bread with a little cheese blanket! Well done!

  • Reply Jenn @ LL4L October 31, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    These meatball subs look delicious! I cannot wait to try making these for dinner soon…YUM!

  • Reply yummy supper October 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Adrianna, I have been on the road and way behind on my reading of A Cozy Kitchen. This post made me drool….Those meatballs look AMAZING! Well done as always:)
    Cheers from Australia,

  • Reply Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! October 28, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I just want to start off by saying, it’s T-SHIRT TIIIIIIIIME!! I <3 jersey shore, it's not a guilty pleasure, because i proudly indulge in their nonsense every week. Now for the meatballs, they look delicious, and i'm not even a fan of meatballs. I think you and The Situation may have changed these for me, because now I want to make these. and eat a meatball sandwich and get sauce all over my face. yum

    • Reply Adrianna October 31, 2010 at 5:59 pm

      Ha! Me too me too! I’m watching the 1st season now since I came in late and man, Sammie totally should’ve skipped Ronnie and picked The Situation instead. Bad move.

  • Reply bridget October 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    they look GOOD

  • Reply Laura Louise October 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm


  • Reply M. October 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I love good meatballs, and so agree they make delicious dinner and lunches for next few days after you make them, so I’m saving this recipe 🙂

  • Reply Joanne October 27, 2010 at 10:35 am

    So when you say that you’re “pumped” do you really mean…fist pumped? Or fist pump-ING.

    Who knew the situation could cook? Maybe he’s more desirable than I previously thought.

    And you’re so right about P-Dub. She’s the way to go. All the time.

    • Reply Adrianna October 31, 2010 at 8:18 pm

      I really mean fist pump!

  • Reply Tracey October 27, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I saw the heading meatballs and my eyes lit up! I love meatballs, and the meatball shoppe in NY is obviously an obsession. These look delicious I always love seeing how people make their meatballs. Mangi!

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    • Reply Adrianna October 27, 2010 at 9:37 am

      Whaaa?! They have a meatball shop in New York?! That’s amazing!

  • Reply Tracey October 27, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I saw the heading meatballs and my eyes lit up! I love meatballs, and the meatball shoppe in NY is obviously an obsession. These look delicious I always love seeing how people make their meatballs. Mangi!

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  • Reply D.Liff October 27, 2010 at 7:27 am

    This is my FAVORITE meatball recipe! I made them last February and ate them for weeks. My friend has been begging me to make them for a few weeks now – maybe this should be my inspiration!

  • Reply Tina October 27, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Yay!!!! I know these are super yummers bc I have made ’em before. Total comfort food. Ree knows where it’s at! Btw, what nail polish color/brand are u wearing?

    • Reply Adrianna October 27, 2010 at 9:36 am

      She totally does. The nail polish is Essie and the color is Chinchilly? I think.

      • Reply Tina October 27, 2010 at 10:30 am

        I have the same shade but looks more fab on u I have to say 🙂 their winter collection colors are beautiful.

  • Reply Kitten with a Whisk October 27, 2010 at 6:49 am

    I love meatball grinders! My mom woudl always serve them the day after making a big pot for spaghetti and it was my favorite part. These look fantastic.

  • Reply Meaghen October 27, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I don’t think I even really like meatball subs, but yours looks so good that now I’m craving it. You also reminded me how long it’s been since I’ve made meatballs from scratch. I must do it again soon!