Sweet and Spicy Mini Meatball Subs


So apparently there’s a big football game coming up soon. Or so I keep hearing. I’m not a football person. Gasp. Sorry. Never have been. My husband is a football person. I am a snack person. You know that thing about opposites attracting? It’s true. I make the snacks and he gets to watch the game and all is right in the Jones house. I’m going to be making a plethora of carb heavy foods for the big shebang, including these mini meatball subs. These aren’t any ordinary subs. That would be boring. They’re amaze-balls sausage meatball subs with a sweet and spicy sauce served up a warm toasted steak roll.

Sausage meatballs? Yes, they’re ridiculous go ahead and try them. You might never ever go back to regular meatballs (I haven’t). What goes with pork? Apples. Duh. Pork and apples are kind of an item and I’m not one to break that up so we stuck with it. The apple comes in the form of apple butter. It’s not just for biscuits and toast y’all! Oh no. We turned it into a sweet and spicy sauce that will have you licking your fingers in between jumping up and down when (insert your team name here) does something good. Or in between going to the snack table to get more water beer.

I happen to have friends that do like football (I’m talking lucky socks, jingling keys and all) and somehow even knowing that I don’t like it still like me. They’ve whipped up some fantastic game day treats that I know you’re going to want to see and make too!

Check out:

Susan’s Spicy Apple Butter BBQ Pork Cupcakes
Angie’s Chipotle Apple Butter Wings
Brandi’s Sweet & Spicy BBQ Chicken Dip

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Musselman’s Apple Butter. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.


Sweet & Spicy Mini Meatball Subs

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    1. Prepare sausage meatballs. Recipe here: www.bellalimento.com/2011/02/23/polpette-meatballs/
    2. While meatballs are cooking, into a medium sauce pan add: apple butter, Dijon, garlic, vinegar, Tabasco and water. Heat over medium - low heat until mixture is warmed through. Place cooked meatballs into sauce to coat.
    3. Place steak rolls into oven to warm. Cut a slit in the middle (do not cut all the way through). Place 3 meatballs per roll.
    4. Garnish with chives.


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    1. 1

      This looks so good Paula! I can’t wait to try it!

    2. 2

      yum! you can make these for me anytime 🙂

    3. 3

      OMG paula! These are divine!!

    4. 4

      I already love your sausage ball recipe – and this addition sounds too good. But I am lazy…you must bring some to me for my birthday. Yes.

    5. 5

      Meatball subs are my oldest son’s favorite and I know he’s going to love these!

    6. 6

      Perfect game day food, the guys especially will go bonkers for the SAUSAGE meatballs.

    7. 7

      I’m going to declare it the year of the meatball, mmK? Love these!

    8. 8

      These are adorable! We are meatball fans around here. Love the subs!

    9. 10

      Couldn’t resist opening this in my reader this morning!! I love meatball anything and toasty sub anything!! Then add in pork….Mmm!

      I bookmarked to make soon. Thanks for sharing!

    10. 11

      Gorgeous recipe! Must try it. 🙂

    11. 12

      I don’t think a meatball sub could get much better than this!

    12. 13

      Love the sweet element from the apple butter, yum!

    13. 14

      Love sweet and spicy together!


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