Mini Meatball Sandwiches

Awww, Maddox won 3rd place in the Mario Kart Tournament!!!  He beat out his age group and then advanced to the final round with all age groups.  So proud of him!!

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Book Update:  Sitting in the “new books” section of the library was “Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America’s 45,000 Failing Schools” by Ron Berler.  The author is a journalist and did a great job telling the story of an elementary school in Connecticut that was failing per No Child Left Behind standards and despite raising the lowest level children up 10% was still considered “failing” by NCLB.  I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone and even I skipped some of the narrative story parts, but it did highlight a large educational problem:  that “mastery” was dumbed down to “proficient” and instead of challenging most kids, it focused on raising the bottom 10% up to meet standards that they may or may not be physically capable of achieving.

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Recipe Update:  I saw the Pioneer Woman make these on her show that I try not to watch.  It all seems too scripted which is funny because Lovely was just kicked off “The Next Food Network Star” because she sounded too scripted.   But I digress.  Or as my English teacher would yell:  “DIGRESSION!!!”  But anyway, these were pretty fast and yummy.  I don’t think the cooking time is right because most of my meatballs were still raw after 20 minutes.  The kids loved them.

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Mini Meatball Sandwiches
serves 6-8

1 lb. ground beef
1/4 cup panko or regular breadcrumbs
1/4 cup milk
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
ground pepper
1 Tb. olive oil or grapeseed oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 – 18 oz. jar of marinara sauce or your favorite spaghetti sauce
12 dollar rolls, dinner rolls or slider rolls, (I used my honey wheat rolls recipe)
1 cup mozzarella or provolone, grated

1.  In a great big bowl:  mix your meat, bread, milk, garlic, salt and pepper.
2.  I used my small tablespoon size cookie scoop to make little balls.  Or use your hands and a spoon.
3.  In a very large skillet:  heat the oil over medium heat.  When it is hot and simmering, add your onion.  Stir that around a couple minutes.
4.  Next, add in your meatballs.  Give them a turn and brown on both sides.
5.  Dump in your marinara sauce.  Cover the skillet and simmer for 20-30 minutes.  Check the balls with a thermometer or fork – mine were not done after 20 minutes.
6.  Split open your rolls while those are cooking.
7.  During the last minute of cooking, add the cheese on top.  Cover and melt for a minute.  Place meatballs in rolls and serve hot.

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Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman

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