Meatball Subs and Fries

Serves: 4

Recipes for a full quick meal - meatballs, marinara sauce and oven fries.

Dovetailing Tip: Use the leftover meatballs and marinara sauce from Meal 2. Cook up the oven fries and you are set.

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1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup (3 handfuls), italian bread crumbs
1 medium onion, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons (several drops) Worcestershire sauce,
1/4 cup (a couple of handfuls) flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
1/4 cup (a couple of handfuls) grated Parmesan cheese or Romano
coarse salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped, about 2 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomato
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chunky style crushed tomato
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 semolina crusty sub rolls, with or without sesame seeds
2 1/2 cups provolone cheese sliced or shredded
shredded basil
4 medium white skinned potatoes, each cut into 8 wedges lengthwise
extra-virgin olive oil, to coat
grill seasoning blend or coarse salt and black pepper


5 Minute Marinara Sauce:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place ground sirloin in a large mixing bowl and punch a well into the center of meat. Fill well with the egg, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire, parsley, cheese, and a little salt and pepper. Mix up meatball ingredients until well combined, yet not over-mixed. Divide mix into 4 equal parts, roll each part into 4 balls and space equally onto a nonstick baking sheet. Place meatballs in oven and roast about 12 minutes. Break a meatball open and make sure meat is cooked through before removing from the oven.

Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and garlic. When garlic starts sizzling, add herbs and crushed pepper. Allow oil to infuse for half a minute, then stir in the tomatoes and season sauce with salt and pepper. Bring sauce to a bubble, reduce heat, and simmer until meatballs are removed from oven. Combine meatballs and sauce and pile into sub rolls, 4 meatballs per sub. Top with shredded cheese and place under subs under broiler to melt cheese. Top with shredded basil or arugula and serve with a pile of oven fries, recipe follows.

Oven Fries:

Drizzle potatoes with a generous pour of extra-virgin olive oil. Toss potatoes with seasoning blend or coarse salt and pepper. Place potatoes on a nonstick baking sheet and roast 20 minutes or until just tender. Give the baking sheet a good shake after 10 minutes to avoid sticking.


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