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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Meatball Sandwich like Mama's

Price per serving for two: $1.87

This dish is a left over opportunity. So, if you did not eat all the meatballs from Tuesday's dinner, then here is your chance to reinvent.  You only need to buy: your favorite sub rolls at your local grocer. I got a bag of six for $1.99. You will need to buy a small package of mozzarella cheese. From time to time, I stop by the open refrigerated section to check out the deals. Today, I found a small package of milky white buffalo mozzarella for $1.75. This was not on sale; it was discounted because of the near expiration date. Does that mean it was spoiled or moldy. No, not at all. It only means that manufacturers and stores are regulated to provide an expiration date. The product is quite often still good. Does that mean that every discounted product I buy at the store is going to be good. No. Nor does it mean that any product you buy at a store will be good, whether discounted, or on sale or being sold at regular price. Be a wise shopper like I am which means that you must always look over the package before you buy. Check for damage, for signs of decay... smell it, touch it, and I don't mean maul it. You can gently touch a product to determine if it is still good, even in the package and I am not advocating to unwrap any product in the store. Because, if you do, you bought it.

Take from the pantry list:
1 Can tomato paste
4 cloves of fresh garlic
Dried rosemary
Olive Oil
Sea salt

In a skillet, pour in 3 tbs of olive oil and add your left over meatballs; probably still with some spaghetti sauce on them and that's ok. Turn on the flame to low. Take a small can of tomato past from the pantry, open and add. Using that can, fill with water and add that much to the skillet. Let this all cook in the skillet, covered. Turn on the oven to F350 to heat up. Slice your sub rolls in half (top/bottom), butter generously on both sides of the opened rolls and lay over the top diced garlic. Now, lay on top slices of mozzarella cheese, sprinkle a bit of sea salt and rosemary. When the oven temp is right, put the rolls in and toast.
When the rolls are ready, the meatballs should be already bubbly and it is time to serve. Enjoy!

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