Mini Meatball Subs

I truly feel bad for my husband (sometimes). When I am sick, I turn into a gigantic baby.

I lie like a queen, amongst piles of pillows and blankets on the couch and make demands. I should really have a scepter in my hand to make this image complete.
In my sick and pitiful mind I think I am coming off like Princess Buttercup in the Princess Bride, speaking lovingly to the farm boy Wesley.
In reality I sound like the evil queen.
“Noooooo. I want to watch Real Housewives. It makes me feel better!”
“Can you get me some more water?” (After my husband just sat down from being in the kitchen doing dishes.)
“But I wanted the biiiiig couch.”
The crazy thing is that much like the farm boy Wesley, my poor husband just says “As you wish.” I know. I’m a lucky girl.
I seriously hear myself saying these things and think wow, how does he put up with me. I think that when I am sick, my filter gets turned off. I blame the mucous.
So, since I was acting like a sick, spoiled child the past three days, I decided to make a meal fit for a kid!
Ingredients (makes about 22 balls and 11 mini meatball subs)
½ lb. Ground (80/20) Beef
¼ lb. Ground Pork
1 Egg
¼ Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
¼ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Cloves of Garlic, grated
1 Teaspoon of Oregano
1 Teaspoon of Basil
½ Teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper
½ Teaspoon of Fennel Seeds, ground
1 Teaspoon of Salt
½ Teaspoon of Pepper
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
2, 8oz. Container ofPillsbury CrescentRolls
Marinara Sauce and Shredded Parmesan, for toppings
 
First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Next, add the pork and beef to a large bowl. Mix in the egg, breadcrumbs, and all the seasonings using your hands. Be sure not to over work the meat.
Pinch off about a half an inch of meat mixture and roll it into a ball. Continue until all meatballs are formed. Place them on a plate or dish so they can all be transferred quickly to the pan.
Add the olive oil to a large pan and heat over medium/high heat. Add the meatballs in to the pan. Sear them quickly for about a minute to two minutes per side. Cook for about 5-10 minutes total. Remove the balls from the pan and place them on a plate off to the side.
Roll out the crescent dough. Try and pinch all the diagonal seams closed. Cut the dough into 3” x 2” rectangles. Place the pieces of dough into a 6 cavity large muffin tin (or 12 cavity, if that’s what you have).
Place two meatballs in each piece of dough. Slightly turn in each side of the dough to cover the meatballs. Think pigs in a blanket, but better.
Once all the mini meatballs are in the dough and ready to go, place them in the oven, and bake for 15 minutes.
The crescent dough will be flaky and golden and the meatball inside will be perfectly cooked and still tender and juicy.
Top the mini subs with some marinara sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan.
Here you go. A meal for the gigantic, filter-less, baby inside all of us that comes out only (hopefully) when we are sick.
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Comments

  1. These do look yummy and comforting. And, at least your doting hubby got fed for his trouble…unless, of course, the evil queen doesn’t share :)

  2. Fantastic idea! I want some of these so bad. Fabulous post ;)

  3. I love how it’s all baked together!

  4. These are SO CUTE!!!! I love :)

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