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Cheesy Meatball Sandwiches with Chipotle Tomato Sauce

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Cheesy Meatball Sandwiches with Chipotle Tomato Sauce
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Cheesy Meatball Sandwiches with Chipotle Tomato Sauce

When you're making meatballs, don't be one yourself -- be smart, and throw some chipotle spice in there, for zesty regional flare.


Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:
For the meatballs:
  • 6 ounces ground beef
  • 6 ounces ground pork
  • 6 ounces ground veal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated Cotija or Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced and sauteed
 

For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons TABASCO┬« brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans crushed Italian tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 (6-inch) hero rolls
  • Queso Oaxaca or mozzarella, shredded
DIRECTIONS:
  • Preheat oven to 325┬░F. Gently combine meat, eggs, cheese, bread crumbs, salt and garlic. Shape mixture into 20 meatballs and place on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly brown, about 6 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan placed over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, cumin and paprika and sweat until soft, about 1-2 minutes. Add vinegar and TABASCO┬« Chipotle Sauce. Bring to a simmer.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, salt and sugar to the pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Gently add in meatballs and simmer until they are fully cooked through, about 12-14 minutes.
  • To serve, place 5 meatballs in roll, top with sauce and cheese.