Try this downsized version of the traditional meatball sub–great for a fun dinner or an appetizer party.
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1 pound lean ground beef
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 teaspoon fennel seed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups marinara pasta sauce
12 dinner rolls, split in half
12 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Italian Blend, cut into quarters
Heat oven to 450°F.
Combine all meatball ingredients in bowl; mix well. Shape mixture into 12 equal balls.
Place meatballs onto greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake 13-15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°F and meat is no longer pink in center.
Pour marinara sauce into 2-quart saucepan; cook over medium-low heat 10-12 minutes or until heated through. Add cooked meatballs; continue cooking 5-10 minutes to blend flavors.
Place rolls, cut-sides up, onto baking pan. Place 2 cheese quarters onto each half of roll. Bake 3-4 minutes or until bread edges are slightly browned and cheese has softened.
Place 1 meatball onto each bottom half of roll; top with 1 tablespoon sauce and top half of roll. Place toothpick through top to secure.
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To enhance flavor of meatballs and sauce, continue cooking over low heat 30 minutes.
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