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Turkey Meatball Hoagie

In the past I don't know how many months, I have been cooking more and more with ground turkey. It's such a great alternative to hamburger and seasoned right, it tastes just as good.

My husband was not as eagerly on board at the very beginning but after severe threatening, I mean, tasting several meals I made him eat, well lets just say he actually likes it, alot. I always like it, even prefer it to hamburger, not that there is anything wrong with a big 'o juicy hamburger now and again.



Now thats all cleared up, lets talk about these hoagies. Delicious,,,,, enough said.

 
Mix meatball ingredients according to directions below because I forgot to do pictures of it, sorry. I promise to get better at this,,,,,anyway, form meatballs the size of golf balls and place on a greased pan. Personally I always use greased tinfoil cause I love the easy clean-up and lets face it, my baking sheets are really old and look it. 


Bake for 8 minutes then turn and bake another 8 minutes. At this point it's not so important that they be cooked through because we're going to finish them off in the tomato sauce. I just like to get a good brown on a couple sides. While the meatballs bake start the sauce.

 
Saute onion, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes in olive oil.

 
Add crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning and thyme.

 
Add meatballs and cover with tomato sauce. Cook partially covered until meatballs are cooked through about 10-15 minutes.

At this point the sauce will have thickened nicely. Yumm! Serve on toasted hoagies, I ususally use wheat if I can. Most times I like mine with just a shaving of fresh parmesan but my son loves cheese melted off in the broiler.


 

Turkey Meatball Hoagie

Ingredients:

·         1.2 lb ground turkey, 87/13
·         1 egg
·         1 tsp salt
·         1/4 tsp pepper
·         1 tbsp italian seasoning
·         2 tbsp Worchestershire
·         1/3 cup parmesan, grated
·         2 lg garlic cloves, grated
·         2/3 cup dry italian seasoned bread crumbs
·         1/4 cup milk
·         1 tbsp olive oil
·         1 tbsp dry minced onion
·         1/8-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Heat oven to 400* Beat the egg in a large bowl. Add rest of ingredients except turkey. Mix well. Crumble turkey into bowl and use a fork to blend just until mixed. Don't overmix.
Form into golf ball size meatballs and place on a greased foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes, turn and cook for 6-8 minutes more. While meatballs cook prepare sauce (recipe follows).


TOMATO SAUCE:

·         1/2 onion, diced small
·         2 garlic cloves, minced
·         2-3 tbsp olive oil
·         32oz can of crushed tomatoes
·         salt and pepper
·         1 tsp Italian seasoning
·         1/2 tsp thyme

Saute onion and garlic in hot oil. Add all ingredients and simmer.
Place browned meatballs and any juice into tomato sauce and simmer 10-15 minutes or until meatballs are fully cooked and sauce is thickened.
Serve meatballs on a toased hoagie, top with cheese of your choice (if desired), 3 meatballs per sandwich.



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