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.
- 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
- 1⁄3 cup breadcrumbs
- 1⁄3 cup milk
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 8 oz. pork roll, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 2 1⁄2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
- 1 red onion, grated
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 4 (5-oz.) hoagie/hero rolls, split lengthwise
- 8 slices provolone cheese
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.