Greetings, culinary enthusiasts! Today’s recipe invites you to embark on a journey of savory indulgence with our Meatball Boats. This inventive dish transforms traditional meatballs into a delightful fusion with the comforting charm of crusty Italian rolls. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply craving a delicious twist on a classic, these Meatball Boats are sure to satisfy. Let’s dive into the details and discover the magic of crafting this delectable creation.
For the Meatballs:
Ground Beef (1 lb.): Choose high-quality, lean ground beef for a flavorful base.
Egg (1 large): Binds the meatball ingredients together.
Breadcrumbs (1/3 cup): Provides structure and helps retain moisture.
Grated Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup): Adds a rich, savory depth to the meatballs.
Garlic (2 cloves, minced): Infuses the meatballs with aromatic goodness.
Chopped Parsley (1 Tbsp.): Enhances freshness and color.
Kosher Salt: To taste, enhancing the overall seasoning.
Freshly Ground Black Pepper: To taste, adds a hint of warmth.
Olive Oil (1 Tbsp.): Used for searing the meatballs.
For the Bread Boats:
Crusty Italian Sandwich Rolls (4): Opt for fresh rolls with a hearty texture.
Provolone (12 slices): Melts beautifully, adding a creamy layer.
Shredded Mozzarella (1/2 cup): For gooey, cheesy goodness.
Shredded Parmesan (1/4 cup): Adds a finishing touch of salty richness.
Marinara Sauce (2 cups): Choose your favorite marinara for a saucy finish.
Preheat and Prepare:
Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef with egg, breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan, minced garlic, and chopped parsley.
Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well.
Form the mixture into 12 evenly sized meatballs.
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Cook meatballs until seared on all sides (about 4 minutes).
Add marinara sauce, gently stir, cover with a lid, and simmer until meatballs are cooked through (about 8-10 minutes, with an internal temperature of 160°F).
Prepare Bread Boats:
Cut a long rectangle through the top of each Italian roll, hollowing out the top to create a boat-like shape.
Lay three slices of provolone over each roll to cover the hollowed-out area and bake for 5 minutes until melted.
Place four meatballs on top of the melted cheese in a row.
Spoon marinara sauce over the meatballs.
Sprinkle shredded mozzarella equally over the meatballs, followed by the shredded Parmesan.
Bake in the oven for an additional 6-8 minutes. Broil if a golden finish is desired.
Meatball Consistency: Ensure the meatballs are evenly sized for consistent cooking.
Fresh Rolls: Use crusty Italian rolls for a satisfying crunch.
Cheese Placement: Placing the provolone under the meatballs helps hold them in place.
Broiling Tip: Broil for a minute or two at the end for a golden, bubbly cheese topping.
Experience the joy of our Meatball Boats, where the goodness of meatballs meets the comfort of a sandwich. Elevate your sandwich game and savor the layers of flavor in every bite!