New Jersey Pork Roll Meatball Sub

Pork Roll Meatball Sandwich
New Jersey Pork Roll Meatball SubMatt Taylor-Gross

Two great New Jersey tastes that taste great together: juicy meatballs fortified with New Jersey pork roll (a.k.a. Taylor ham). If you don't live in New Jersey, you can buy pork roll here.

New Jersey Pork Roll Meatball Sub
Two great New Jersey tastes that taste great together: juicy meatballs fortified New Jersey pork roll (a.k.a. Taylor ham).
Yield: makes 4 Sandwiches
Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 13 cup breadcrumbs
  • 13 cup milk
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 8 oz. pork roll, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 12 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
  • 1 red onion, grated
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 (5-oz.) hoagie/hero rolls, split lengthwise
  • 8 slices provolone cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high; add garlic and finely chopped onion and cook until soft, about 6 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook 2 minutes more, then add tomatoes, sugar, salt, and pepper; cook until thick, 15-18 minutes. Keep marinara sauce warm.
  2. Heat the oven to broil. Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk in a large bowl for 1 minute. Add the beef, pork roll, parsley, grated onion, salt, and pepper and mix thoroughly to combine. Using wet hands, form the mixture into 12 balls. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Cook the meatballs until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, add to saucepan with marinara sauce, and toss lightly to coat.
  3. Place bread on baking sheet and spread some sauce on either side. Top each with 3 meatballs and 2 slices of cheese. Cook until the cheese is golden and bubbling, about 2 minutes.