I really love when I go to the grocery store and I hit the discount lottery.
For me, that’s going to my grocery store and finding most of the foods that I would normally buy or want and they’re all on discount. 50% off. And if they’re also on sale, that’s 50% off the sale price.
This week was a great week for snagging great deals, not only did I clean up by filling my fridge with mostly discounted foods, but a lot where on sale already, so I saved on my savings. WOOT!
Like seriously, that’s like winning the food lotto. For reals.
While trying to figure out what to make for eats this weekend and to make use of some of my finds, I whipped up these tasty homestyle meatball melt subs. They were easy peasy simple to make. Did I mention Yummmmmmy too 🙂
They were totally budget friendly as all the ingredients that went into making them were are discounted.
Yup, every single one.
So I made tasty nom noms that my teen gladly devoured and I did it by pinching pennies. I love it when that kind of plan comes together. I slayed a food dragon and I saved some moolah doing it!
I had a few hot Italian sausages that I had to use up, I also had a bit of ground pork left over from a batch of fast super easy potstickers that I recently made. I normally make my meatballs by using a half and half mix of ground beef and sausage meat. I just buy the sausages and cut open the casings. Oddly enough, at my store, its cheaper to buy the sausages then buy just the sausage meat without the casings.
I didn’t have any leftover ground beef to use this go around, so I just made do with the bit of ground pork and mixed it with the meat of 3 hot Italian sausages. Since the sausages are already seasoned, all I added was a little fresh flat leaf parsley and an egg. mix it all together with your hands till well combined and you’re ready to make meatballs.
I like my meatballs on the small side, a little smaller than a ping-pong ball. Since the roasted onion buns I used were on the small side, I didn’t want anything to big that would make them messier to eat then they had to be!
I rolled all my meatballs out by hand, placed them on a cookie sheet, put them in a 425F toaster oven on the convection setting and cooked them for roughly 18 minutes.
While the meatballs are cooking, it was time to sautee my peppers and onions in some butter on medium heat. I sneaked some button mushroom in too. Yum!
The tomato and basil sauce that I used was on sale this week at the store. It came from the ready to eat section of the deli. It’s normally $5.49 for a small container. That’s like crazy. It was on sale this week for $2.49. It also had a 50% off sticker on it, which means it only cost me $1.25. I grabbed all three containers that were there. That’s what freezers are for after all! That is what I call winning the food lottery all right 🙂
When the meatballs were cooked, I simply heated up the sauce in the microwave till bubbling hot, added the cooked meatballs, mixed it all together and moved on to toasting the roasted onion buns.
The roasted onion buns I used for these awesome homestyle meatball melt subs were gourmet buns from Ace bakery. I also bought them at 50% off. Four to a package and normally $3.49. I paid $1.75 for them.
I split the buns in half down the length and set them to toast in my toaster oven till lightly browned. Prior to toasting the buns, I removed a bit of the soft bread filling and made a small well on both sides of the bun. I did so to help the meatballs stay put in the bun and to allow me to stuff more goodies inside them too!
When the buns were all toasty it was time to start building these yummy subs and making them oozy gooey good.
I placed as many meatballs as the buns could easily accommodate, topped the meatballs with the sautéed bell peppers and onion mix, then topped them with pizza mozzarella that I got from the deli section. Yup, 50% off. The tiny block of cheese was normally $5.75 and I do mean tiny, to call it a block was a stretch. The cheese cost me $2.88.
Once I had my homestyle meatball melts subs all assembled, I took them back to the toaster oven and gave them one last round under the broiler to get the cheese all gooey. And that takes as long or as short as it takes! Keep an eye on it, you don’t want your nom noms to burn.
Once they’ve reached the desired level of oozy gooey goodness, its time to plate them up and watch them disappear. Hungry teens are amazing things…
A job well done Mom, not only did you feed the hungry, you did it while saving more than just a buck or two.
Good Job Me! 🙂
- 3 hot Italian sausages
- ¼ lb ground pork
- 3 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ orange bell pepper, sliced
- ⅓ green bell pepper, sliced
- 1 medium-sized onion, sliced
- a few button mushrooms, sliced
- 1 small container of tomato sauce of your choice
- 4 roasted onion buns
- pizza mozzarella, sliced
- Preheat oven to 425F. I used a convection oven, you may have to play with your temperature settings to get the desired results.
- Open sausage casings and remove meat.
- Add ground pork to sausage meat, add chopped parsley and the beaten egg.
- Mix by hand until well combined.
- Roll out meatballs to desired size, place on baking sheet and bake at 425F for 18-20 minutes or until meatballs are nicely browned.
- Thinly slice orange bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion and button mushrooms.
- Melt butter in a pan and sautee vegetables until soft and everything caramelizes a bit. Set aside.
- Heat tomato sauce and add cooked meatballs to sauce, mix to coat well.
- Slice onion buns lengthwise and toast until golden brown.
- Top buns with a layer of meatballs and sauce, bell pepper mixture, top with more sauce and slices of mozzarella.
- Return to oven to broil until the cheese melts and becomes gooey.
- Plate and serve.