Oh the Yummy Goodness.

Because I want your husband/SigOth/BFF/Momma to love you as much as my hub loved me for making this two days ago. He says it's the best meal I've ever made. EVER. I wasn't sure whether to kiss him or punch him because two days before trying this recipe, here's what I made for dinner: Ancho Chili Rub Crusted Tilapia with Roasted Veggies (that took me 30 minutes to chop) served with warm bread and individual dipping bowls with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Plus Miles of Chocolate with Ice Cream and a HOMEMADE Raspberry Sauce for dessert. What would you have done? Kissed or Punched? It's a toss up.

And without further ado. The best meal I've ever made.

(Recipe Courtesy of Big Mama with a few notes here and there in parenthesis or with asterisks)
Liz Note: You will likely want to double this. This single recipe made about 10 meatballs and we ate them... fast.


1 pound ground beef (or turkey)
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce or homemade**
1 package of french bread sandwich rolls (or cut up a long piece into 1/3s or 1/4s)
Sliced (or shredded) mozzarella cheese
butter (or spray butter)

**Liz Note: I made my own sauce using 3 cans of tomato sauce (two with the oregano, basil, garlic added, one with no salt added) plus a little olive oil and garlic powder, onion powder, salt, parmesan cheese and fresh basil to taste. And I could have used a little more sauce. It absorbed into the meatballs and we didn't have much left for spooning or scooping!


In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef with the next 7 ingredients. Roll into meatballs approximately 3 inches or so in diameter and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees and then turn them and cook another five minutes.

(While the meatballs are cooking,) pour sauce into large pot on the stove. Add meatballs. Let simmer for about 30 minutes to 1 hour for extra flavor.

Place the sandwich rolls open and face up on a cookie sheet. Spread each one with plenty of butter (I used spray butter). Broil them in the oven until they are slightly (SLIGHTLY) brown and then pull them out and cover them with as many mozzarella cheese slices as you feel are appropriate. (I used shredded, low-fat mozzarella and Daniel didn't know the difference) Place them back in the oven and broil them until the cheese is melted.

Slice the meatballs in half and place on the sandwich. You’ll use about 2 meatballs per sandwich. Pour a little bit of the sauce over the meatballs, close up your sandwich and eat until you’re slightly sick. (Daniel ate two meatballs on one half of the bread and then went back and ate two more meatballs on the other half of the bread. Thus the reason this recipe only lasted one meal and one breakfast for him. Yes, I said breakfast.)


Unknown said...

Thank you Big Mama!! And here's the deal, it's tough not to wanna punch him, but the good news is he likes the simple meal better! Which means you never have to go through the 30 minutes of chopping just for the veggies ever again! He's basically saving you time and future frustration.

Oh Dan-doo...always thinking of others!

Liz said...

See! I KNEW there was a reason one of the options was kissing.