Monday, November 15, 2010

Stuffed Meatball Sandwiches

I've mentioned these sandwiches in a couple of menu plans now... and I kept promising you the recipe. Something you should know about me- I'm good at cooking. I'm bad at taking pictures. But I actually remembered last week! So here you go...

makes 4 large stuffed sandwiches

(*note: You can make these as easy or complicated as you would like. Homemade sauce and homemade meatballs would be delish. Regular mozzarella cut into strips or chunks would work fine. I'm listing the ingredients that make this dish super simple... I figure if you make your own bread dough, you oughta be able to catch a break on the rest, right? ;))

  • 1 batch breadstick dough*
  • 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 20 frozen meatballs
  • 4 string cheese

(*Breadstick Dough-

1 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
approx. 2 1/2 cups flour

Pour water in mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast and sugar on top. Allow to get foamy. Add oil, salt, seasoning, and flour. Mix together using dough hook for about five minutes- dough should be soft, but not sticky. Add flour as needed. Place dough, covered, in oiled bowl in warm place for 30-45 minutes. Punch down and proceed with recipe.)

Here's what you'll have at this point:

Roll dough on lightly floured surface into a large oblong shape, just under 1/4" thick I'd say. Let rest for a few minutes.:

Cut into four equal "rectangles". I use a pizza cutter for this:

Spread a couple tablespoons of sauce on each. Top with one string cheese.

Line 5 meatballs along each string cheese.

Brush a little water along the edges- this will make it seal better.

Fold short ends in toward middle.

Fold long sides.

This is what it should look like:

Line up your stuffed sandwiches on a greased cookie sheet.
Cover and let rise for at least 30 minutes in a warm place or, alternatively, up to a few hours in a coolish place (like my kitchen counter this time of year!) They'll look kind of like this:
Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes. And voila:

Yum! We love these sandwiches. The "hands on" time is really minimal and they don't cost much at all to make. Maybe your family could enjoy them too!

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