Over the weekend while relaxing with my husband we watched a comedy sketch about the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. I had wanted to make something special for my husband. A treat and surprise. I ended up at the grocery store with no idea what I wanted to make, when someone came out with fresh buns, the submarine kind. I began to hum Yellow Submarine in my head when it hit me, Meatball Subs.
Sauté the onions and minced garlic in olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender
and fragrant. Cool.
Combine onion mixture, pancetta, ground beef, eggs, Parmesan, parsley, bread
crumbs, and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well, cover, and chill for 1 to 2
Form meat mixture into tight compact balls about the size of large walnuts, or
larger if preferred. Chill for 1 hour.
Preheat grill to medium (350°F/175°C).
Brush the ¼ cup oil in the Napoleon® Grill Topper and fill with the meatballs in a single layer, taking care not to crowd too tightly. Grill-roast until cooked through, about 15 to 17 minutes. Chill.
Note: Can be frozen until needed at this point.
Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa:
Toss the tomatoes and red onion in the ¼ cup oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until lightly charred and tender, 7 to 10 minutes (tomatoes will be done sooner than the onions). Chop tomatoes and onions. In a bowl, combine with the 3 tbsp. olive oil, parsley, basil, Grill-Roasted Garlic, balsamic vinegar, Fire-Roasted Barbecue Sauce, and olives. Mix well, taking care not to crush the tomatoes to pulp. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside. Salsa will keep 3 weeks refrigerated.
Brush cut sides of baguettes with the 1 cup olive oil. Grill baguettes for 1 to 2 minutes a side, or until lightly browned and crisp. Place lettuce leaves on the cut side of the bottom of baguettes. Place meatballs on the lettuce and top with provolone slices. Apply liberal spoonfuls of the salsa and place the tops on the baguettes, pressing down for a few seconds to allow filling to set in the bread.
Cut the baguettes into 2, 3, or 4 pieces as desired and serve immediately with more salsa on the side.
SOOO VERY GOOD. Food and fun, what more can you ask for. Also, kids will love this recipe too.
What is your favorite film inspired recipe?