If I was a normal person, I’d know that this is a time of year when people watch a lot of sports. The early morning shouting coming from my neighbors’ houses should be a constant reminder. Everybody on this island seems to be into football, aka American football, aka hand egg. There was a time in my life when I lived amongst hand egg fans, but no more. I am currently only allowed to watch proper football, snooker, and cricket. That’s what happens when you fall in love with an Englishman.
What kind of food goes with British sports? Crumpets? Yorkshire pudding? Haggis? I really have no idea. I do know there’s a bar at the cricket pitch, and that’s always awesome.
Quite possibly the only good thing about hand egg is the food. When I think of baseball and basketball, I don’t think of feasting. Maybe it’s because it’s fall and we all need to start fattening up for winter, but it just seems like there’s always a ton of awesome food whenever dudes start knocking each other down on TV.
I’m not going to wait for some silly sporting event to give me justification for putting these cheesy meatball sliders in my face, though. This is another brilliant creation I found at How Sweet It Is. There’s secret cheese inside those meatballs, kids. That is super awesome. A cheesy meatball, swimming in tomato sauce, resting on a pillow of soft bread. It’s just waiting to be devoured.
These are easy because you get to use your favorite jarred pasta sauce, which for me is whatever’s on sale. You could probably use ground turkey instead of beef if you wanted to make them a little lighter. It’s also simple to make a little or a lot depending on how many fans or friends are at your house. I like to eat mine on a Portuguese sweet roll because they’re my favorite. You get to pick your favorite, though, and that’s what makes cooking so awesome.
These are the perfect game day food because you can just eat a bit at a time and keep going back for more. Before you know it, you’ll be wishing you’d worn sweatpants.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/3 cup shaved parmesan cheese
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
- 2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce
- 12 Portuguese sweet rolls, or your favorite rolls or slider buns
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly spray a casserole or baking dish with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine beef, egg, oil, parmesan, seasonings, and breadcrumbs. Use your hands to mix the ingredients gently so that you don't overwork the meat.
- Form the meat mixture into golfball size meatballs, burying and completely surrounding a cube of mozzarella in each one.
- Pour about 1 to 1-1/2 cups of your pasta sauce into your baking pan. Make sure it covers the bottom. Place meatballs in pan, add more pasta sauce over the top, sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and a bit more parmesan if you have it.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Allow the dish to cool long enough for the sauce to stop acting like molten lava.
- Scoop a meatballs, with some extra cheesy sauce onto a roll, and go to town. Be careful not to get tomato sauce on your favorite jersey.