Not So Mini Meatball Sandwiches


We have officially hit the football and hockey season, and besides the games I have to admit sometimes the food is my favorite part. I served this mini Meatball Sandwiches for dinner the other night and they were a total hit.

I am definitely one of those people that have to switch it up when it comes to dinner; I can’t eat the same thing over..and over…and over again…I get really bored.

So when I was browsing Pioneer Woman’s website I can across her Mini Meatball Sandwiches and knew I had to try them out!

They were super easy to make, you can whip these bad boy up in no time!

What You Need:

1 Pound of Ground Chuck or Ground Beef

1/2 Cup of Panko Bread Crumbs

1 Garlic Clove, Minced

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

Fresh Ground Black Pepper

1/2 Cup of Milk

2 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

1/2 Whole Medium Onion, Diced

1 Large Marinara Sauce

Dinner Rolls

Provolone Chesse Sliced



Add your Ground Meat, Salt, Pepper, Garlic (minced) and Panko Bread Crumbs.


Add your Milk. I can honestly say that I never added Milk to meatballs before, we usually add Eggs.

What do you use? Do you use Milk or Eggs? Or something completely different?


Using your hands if you’re daring…combine all the ingredients together!


Then make your balls!

I used an Ice Cream scooper to make them and as I was lining them up I noticed how massive they are….massive balls…massive meatballs…

Next time I can make them smaller…..

Nah…who am I kidding….bigger the better…..right?

For the sandwich rolls….get your mind out of the gutter….

Geeeesh! 😉


Look how big those balls are….sorry Pioneer Woman mine aren’t so mini….just sayin’….maybe the one of the far left…that’s the odd man out….


Chop up your onion…


Add your Olive Oil…did you know that reason why most recipes call for Olive Oil is because it is resistant to high temperatures.


Sauté your onion, I let mine cook up until they were about a nice golden color…

Before adding…..


My Meatballs, since mine are on the larger side of the scale I did let them cook up more before adding my sauce.


Add your Marinara and then incorporate the Meatballs and Marinara together.

**I did drain the grease out of the frying pan before adding the Marinara.**

Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes, and stir occasionally to stop from scorching the Marinara or Meatballs…


My one ball jumped out of the frying pan….landing on the stove and creating a greasy trail as it slide into home base…..



Since my Meatballs are quite large, I actually used a sheet tray (aka baking sheet) as a “lid,” and turned my heat down to low just to help with the cooking process.

And of course I did check the doneness before serving….


Mmmmmm….I only add a little bit of Marinara on top..BUT…if I was pregnant it would be loaded with Marinara.

Add sliced Provolone on top!


My little tester enjoyed them, she kept saying “mmm mom I like Meatballs….”

This recipe would be perfect for a football or hockey party, make them up a couple hours before and put them in a roaster on low…and stir occasionally!









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