Meatball Sandwich & Parmesan Garlic Baked Fries

Meatball Sandwich, Fresh Garlic & Parmesan Baked Fries

Meatball Sandwich:

  • 1 lb Ground Beef, Pork, or Turkey
  • 3/4 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 32 oz. Pasta Sauce

To start the meatball sandwich, mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Divide and form 8 or 9 large-sized meatballs.  This is enough for about 4 sandwiches.  Wrap meatballs in foil and bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees.

Drain any grease off the meatballs.  They will not be completely done at this point.  To finish them, combine meatballs and your favorite pasta sauce in a large sauce pan.  Cover and let simmer on medium heat for 10 more minutes.

Any bread/bun will do but I was lucky enough to have some fresh sourdough around.  I toasted it very well, added butter, a dash of garlic salt, and sprinkled Italian seasoning on each piece.

I laid 2 or 3 meatballs to the toasted sourdough bread, heaped on a couple of spoonfuls of pasta sauce, and placed cheese on top.  It melted nicely.  You can use any cheese you like but I recommend mozzarella or provolone!  And these fries were just perfect with it…

Fresh Garlic & Parmesan Baked Fries:

  • 4 Medium Idaho Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese (fresh preferred)
  • 2/3 Cloves of Crushed Garlic
  • 2 tbps. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt (To Taste)
  • Parsley (Fresh or Dried)

Cut  potatoes into strips to make fries.  (I left the skin on because I don’t mind it and I am too lazy to peel them but scrub well!). In a large bowl, add olive oil to potatoes and shake/stir to cover thoroughly.  Add salt, Parmesan cheese, fresh crushed garlic, parsley, and mix/coat well.   Bake for 20 minutes at 450 degrees.  Turn fries halfway through cooking time.  Bake 5 minutes longer if you like them crispy!

I was surprised at how fast and easy this was to make.  The kids in my family can eat spaghetti everyday so this is a nice change that they seemed really excited to try!  Also I don’t think I’ve ever seen my boyfriend happier than when he was eating this for lunch the other day.  Hope you enjoy as much as we did!