Cheesy Meatballs and Sub Recipe

Disclaimer: I participated in the Mom Blog Tour at the Summer Fancy Food Show on behalf 
of Wendy's Bloggers and received John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks products to facilitate my review.
All opinions and recipes are my own.

Homemade Meatball Sub SandwichWe love having house guests and hosting board game nights at our house. Of course, snacks are a must. John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks are the perfect, convenient party snack and they even work great in recipes like my Cheesy Meatball Subs!

My husband is a huge fan of meatball subs so I wanted to make him one at home. It was actually quite simple and quick to make and was a big hit.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon coriander seed
  • 1/4 cup John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks, Garlic Romano, crushed (about 3 sticks, use a food processor or put them in a baggie and run them over with a rolling pin)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1-15 oz. can pizza sauce (I used Cento brand)
  • 4 Sub rolls
  • 4 slices provolone cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400ºF 1. Combine the meat, egg, oil, spices, parmesan, and crushed CheeseSticks in a bowl until mixed well. Homemade Meatball Sub Step 12. Roll the meat into balls 1.5-2 inches in diameter and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking pan. Homemade Meatball Sub Step 33. Bake the meatballs 20 minutes, flipping occasionally, until cooked thoroughly. 4. Place the meatballs in a pan along with the pizza sauce and simmer until the sauce is hot and bubbling. Stir it around so the meatballs are covered in sauce. Homemade Meatball Sub Step 55. Place the rolls on a baking pan and open them up. Top them with meatballs and sauce (about 3 meatballs per sandwich) and one slice of provolone cut in half. Homemade Meatball Sub Step 76. Bake the sandwiches for 2 minutes until the cheese is melted. 7. Top with parmesan cheese if desired. Serves 4 Homemade Meatball SubThe recipe below is for the meatballs only and uses 95% lean meat. Adding sauce, cheese, and bread or using fattier meat will change the nutritional data. The meatballs can also be enjoyed by themselves, with spaghetti, or in other recipes.

Cheesy Meatballs Recipe
 
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Delicious and simple meatballs made with crushed CheeseSticks. This is a delightfully cheesy and savory dinner; the meatballs can be enjoyed in a meatball sub, with spaghetti, or on their own.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 12 meatballs
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon coriander seed
  • ¼ cup John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks, Garlic Romano, crushed (about 3 sticks, use a food processor or put them in a baggie and run them over with a rolling pin)
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1-15 oz. can pizza sauce (I used Cento brand)
  • 4 Sub rolls
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF
  2. Combine the meat, egg, oil, spices, parmesan, and crushed CheeseSticks in a bowl until mixed well.
  3. Roll the meat into balls 1.5-2 inches in diameter.
  4. Bake the meatballs 20 minutes, flipping occasionally, until cooked thoroughly.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 meatballs

The CheeseSticks are beautiful to serve as they are crunchy, twisted sticks that look like branches. This is the perfect snack to put in a glass and decorate the table at Christmas parties, plus they require no preparation from you. Serve them as they are or with dip.

John Wm Macys CheeseSticks

Besides their original CheeseSticks, John Wm. Macy’s also has CheeseCrisps and SweetSticks. The CheeseCrisps are a great on-the-go snack because they are bite-sized. I really enjoyed the Sesame Gruyère flavor. They are crunchy, savory, and cheesy.

John Wm Macys CheeseCrisps

The SweetSticks are much like the CheeseSticks only they are the dessert varieties. There are currently three dessert flavors which include: Dutch Chocolate, Madagascar Vanilla, and Java Cinnamon. These are great for those who want something sweet and savory. You can taste the cheese flavor underneath the other flavors as well.

John Wm Macys SweetSticks

Try dipping them in coffee!

John Wm Macys SweetSticks With Coffee

All products are made from all natural ingredients including 100% real aged cheese, contain 0 grams of trans-fats, and are free of artificial dyes, flavorings, and preservatives.

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30 Comments

  1. This recipe looks tasty and full of flavor. Meatball subs are my hubby’s favorite. I will be trying this recipe!

  2. These look delicious. Our family would love them. They also dont look overly complicred which is a huge plus but would turn out great.

    ellen beck on form.

  3. I’m totally trying out the meatball subs with my family for dinner one night this week!

  4. The meatball sandwich sounds heavenly – my whole family would enjoy that! I loved following your posts while you were on the Fancy Foods show recently and since then I went out and found the Sweet Sticks for my coffee and I love the cheesesticks with a bowl of soup – yum!

    • Thanks for following my adventure, Sarah! More recipes to come 😉 Glad to hear my posts helped you to discover some new products for your family!

  5. this looks soo good – my favorite is a meatball sub with Provolone – I want to try this! I haven’t made any meatball subs in ages!

  6. I love meatball subs. Your recipe sounds so delicious!

  7. The dutch chocolate Sweet Sticks look amazing!

  8. The sesame gruyere cheese chips sound really yummy!

  9. I think the sandwhch loooks absolutely delicious! I would love to try the Original Cheddar although they all llook good.

    ellen beck

  10. I like Smoked Jalapeño CheeseCrisps.

  11. I really want to try the Garlic Parmesan sticks with some lasagna.

  12. I’d love to try Melting Parmesan the most!

  13. I’d like to try the chocolate Sweet Sticks. But I think your use of them crushed in your recipe is genius!

  14. The garlic Parmesan really sounds good, and so do so many others!

  15. I would like to try the Garlic Romano

  16. Delicious !

  17. i want to try the garlic parmesan!

  18. Melting Parmesan sounds intriguing!

  19. amy guillaume linderman

    the dutch chocolate flavor sound like it would be so fun to use for desserts!

  20. The Smoked Jalapeño CheeseCrisps looks great. I love anything with a kick to it!

  21. I’ve never actually had a meatball sub, your recipe makes me want to change that. I’d love to try either the smoked jalapeno or the sesame one.

    • I have only had a few (not a big meatball fan in general, but I did eat this one.) My boys can’t get enough though and I’m pretty sure we will be making these again soon.

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