Melty Italian Meatball Sandwich

Melty & Cheesy Italian Meatball Sandwich

 

I gotta tell you, there’s nothing that my family likes more than big Italian Sandwiches.  They’re so ooey and gooey, chock full of meat and veggies, robust tomato sauce and creamy cheese. Not to mention filling (a very important recommender for teenage boys).

 

But it can get really expensive to take everyone out to our favourite sandwich joint. These boys can eat, as you well know. There’s no sharing or half-orders. Also, I do like to try and replicate their favourites at home whenever I can. That way I can get an ego boost (whoa, Mom, yours is BETTER), and know exactly what they’re eating. My homemade veal sandwiches were a great success and so this time I decided to tackle meatball sammies.

 

Of course, it was a weeknight, so things were a bit rushed. I took a few shortcuts, I’m not ashamed to admit it. I do have access to a great grocery store with high quality fresh-made meatballs and their jarred tomato sauce has the exact same ingredients in them that I put in my own homemade version.

 

Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of PhillyI also used pre-shredded cheese, which is a great timesaver.  I achieved the perfect amount of creamy, melty lusciousness with the new Kraft Shredded Cheese with a touch of Philadelphia.  This blend delivers a melt to remember – soft and creamy and really upping the yum factor of our sandwiches. We used the Creamy Herb and Garlic which added a lot of flavor and sent the dish into a whole other stratosphere. (There’s also Creamy Mozzarella and Creamy Mexicana which is perfect for quesadillas, methinks. Head over to Kraft Canada’s website for more scrumptious ideas for achieving the perfect melt. )

 

My 14-year old helped me out to make our dinner prep even faster. He’s a great stirrer, although I do have to keep an eye on his rather liberal use of the red chili flakes.

 

These Melty Italian Meatball Sandwiches were a family affair. And we all loved them.

 

 

What You’ll Need:

 

4 Italian buns or a your favourite Italian bread

 

8-12 cooked meatballs, depending on size (make your own, or use good quality pre-made)

 

1 red or yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut in strips

 

1 medium cooking onion, cut in half, then thinly sliced

 

8-12 mushroom, thinly sliced (optional)

 

2 cups good quality jarred tomato basil sauce (or your own homemade)

 

1-2 cups Kraft Creamy Herb & Garlic Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia

 

Olive oil for cooking, salt & pepper to taste

 

Red chili flakes

 

Cooking tip: The longer you cook red chili flakes, the hotter they get. So, if you want just a touch of heat, add them closer to the end of your cooking time.

What You’ll do:

 

  1. In a large skillet, heat about 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add the onions and sauté about 2 minutes. Add the peppers and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and red chili flakes if you like a little heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and the onions begin to become golden and caramelized.
  2. Heat tomato sauce in a saucepan.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Cut buns or Italian bread in half lengthwise
  5. Take a bun and spread a couple tablespoons of sauce on it. Add two or three meatballs, and top with a couple tablespoons of the vegetable mixture. Top with more tomato sauce. Sprinkle a generous amount of Kraft Creamy Herb & Garlic Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia. Place in an oven proof dish.
  6. Repeat until all buns are used.
  7. Heat the sandwiches in the oven until cheese is all melty and bubbling.

 

Italian Meatball Sandwich

 

You’re Invited! Come and share your melty #TouchofPhillyCheese creations at the @KraftCanada Twitter Party on April 16 at 9:00pm.

 

Buon Appetito!

 

Disclosure: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Kraft Canada, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Kraft Canada.

 

 

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