June 08, 2011

Turkey Meatball Subs

When I think of ground turkey I tend to think, "Oh no!" because of it's tendency to taste dry. I only went along with making these Turkey Meatball Subs after reading others' reviews of the recipe claiming these meatballs to be "very tasty and moist."

I am sure glad that I went off of what others had to say and didn't pass this recipe up. Turkey's reputation is slowly changing thanks to this recipe. The turkey meatballs are simmered in marinara sauce and sandwiched on a broiled roll with provolone cheese.

Mr. Sideline Chef and I ate two sandwiches each! They were that good. Mr. Sideline Chef even commented that he couldn't tell that they were ground turkey until I told him. This is a dinner that will see it's way into the rotation. More often the better.

Quick and easy for a weeknight dinner. Even the meatballs and sauce would be perfect over pasta if you prefer. Yummy!

MyRecipes.com and All You, January 2009
Makes 8 Subs
Cost Per Serving: about $2.62

Stars of the Show:
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/3 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce
  • 8 crusty sub-style rolls
  • 2 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 oz sliced provolone
And Action:

Whisk eggs with 3 tbsp water. Stir in breadcrumbs and let stand 5 minutes. Add Parmesan, parsley, garlic and turkey. Mix gently until well combined. Moisten hands and roll mixture into 24 1 1/2-inch balls. Transfer to a dish large enough to accommodate all meatballs. Refrigerate meatballs for 30 minutes.

Pour marinara into a wide, deep pot with a lid and warm over medium-high heat. Medium-high was too high so I turned it to medium and adjusted the cook time. Add the meatballs (sauce will not completely cover meatballs), cover and cook 10 minutes. Uncover and turn meatballs. Cover; cook 10 minutes longer, until meatballs are no longer pink inside (cut one to test).

Preheat broiler to high. Cut rolls lengthwise and drizzle inside of each with 1 tsp. olive oil. Divide cheese among rolls and place on baking sheet. Broil until cheese is melted and bread is lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes.

Place three meatballs on each roll and spoon sauce over. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 718
Fat: 35g
Saturated fat: 13g
Protein: 48g
Carbohydrate: 54g
Cholesterol: 170mg
Sodium: 407mg


Brenda said...

I use ground turkey all the time - we love it! It makes great burgers too. Meatball subs are my favourite subs - I would have eaten two also, lol.

Pretend Chef said...

Brenda - I've started using ground turkey more and more. It's slowly growing on Mr. Sideline Chef.

Chad @ thebreakupnote said...

Ground turkey is right by me as long as the turkey was healthy!

The Country Cook said...

I'm like you, I've been slow with the ground turkey because many times, it can come out very dry. I will never give up red meat but it is nice to switch it up a bit, especially if I can get turkey on sale..lol. And it's funny because I'm not a huge fan of turkey by itself, but if you smother it in sauce - I'm all over it. So I love this recipe. Thank you for sharing and I love the picture of your hubby digging in..lol!

Lisa said...

I love meatball sandwiches. What a delicious meal you must have had with those. Regarding your question, unfortunately, I don't have any pudding chocolate chip cookie recipes on my list. But, there's always a next time.

Pretend Chef said...

Chad - Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Brandie - He's such a ham for the camera when he's really enjoying a meal. You should see the picture of him on the Chipotle Beef Macaroni and Cheese.

Lisa - I am looking forward to seeing what your recommendation will be for the best chocolate chip cookie.

Lizzy said...

My oldest orders meatball subs all the time at Subway...and he would be thrilled to find a much tastier homemade version for dinner! YUM~

Pretend Chef said...

Lizzy - If you make this you'll have to tell me how it was received. Mr. Sideline Chef orders Subway's Meatball Sub all the time and he thought these were much much better.

Tina said...

I usually steer away from turkey since it always takes so much seasoning and other things to make it taste good. Your recipe is not like that and actually looks tasty. Based on the reviews, I must try it. Also, I am auditing my list of blogs I follow and you are in! Thanks again!

Pretend Chef said...

Tina - Happy to have made the cuts! Haha! Thank you!

Claire Gallam said...

This would definitely get the man stamp of approval at my house!

Pretend Chef said...

Claire - It for sure got it in our household too!

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