Fried Meatball Sandwich with Giardiniera (Jeff Mauro) Recipe

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  1. For the meatballs: Preheat the oven to broil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, Romano, parsley, garlic, and some salt and pepper until it is all incorporated.
  3. Add in the ground meats and breadcrumbs and, using your God-given hands, get after it and mix away. Do not overwork the meat or it will turn meat-loafy. You want it loose and supple.
  4. Using your hands again, make 4 loose patties to match the size of your bread. (The mixture will form at least 10 patties, depending on how big your buns are. But I like to make some patties for sandwiches and then roll the rest to make meatballs, which I then freeze so I have meatballs at the ready.)
  5. Heat some oil in a large, heavy-bottomed cast-iron pan (or use a griddle pan) over medium heat. In batches, fry the patties until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  6. For the sandwich build: Place 1 slice of cheese on each side of the buns and broil in the oven until the cheese is brown and bubbly, 1 to 2 minutes, but keep watch!
  7. On the cheesy buns, add the patties, spoon over some marinara, top with some pepper slices and pile on some giardiniera. Then eat the hell out of them.
  8. Serve with more marinara sauce on the side.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1833.87 Kcal (7678 kJ)
Calories from fat 1278.02 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 142g 218%
Cholesterol 696.72mg 232%
Sodium 2443.63mg 102%
Potassium 2388.23mg 51%
Total Carbs 17.04g 6%
Sugars 4.2g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2.03g 8%
Protein 149.92g 300%
Vitamin C 51.7mg 86%
Vitamin A 0.6mg 20%
Iron 19.1mg 106%
Calcium 928.9mg 93%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 188.43 Kcal (789 kJ)
Calories from fat 131.32 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.59g 218%
Cholesterol 71.59mg 232%
Sodium 251.08mg 102%
Potassium 245.39mg 51%
Total Carbs 1.75g 6%
Sugars 0.43g 17%
Dietary Fiber 0.21g 8%
Protein 15.4g 300%
Vitamin C 5.3mg 86%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 20%
Iron 2mg 106%
Calcium 95.4mg 93%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 48.1
  • 52

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • sugar free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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