Kate's Cuisine

Mar 05 2012

Hunter’s Heroes


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil $0.06
1 red onion, diced $0.65
1/2 red bell pepper $0.36
5 cloves garlic, minced $0.05
1 teaspoon salt $0.01
1 cup 2% milk $0.28
2 slices sourdough bread, crust removed, cut into 1/2″ pieces $0.28
1 pound ground beef $5.69
1 pound ground pork sausage, casings removed $4.19
2 fresh basil leaves, minced $0.10
2 tablespoons fresh minced oregano $0.14
2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley $0.07
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper $0.01
1 1/2 teaspoons red chili flakes $0.05
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan plus 2 tablespoons shredded, for garnish $0.36
1 egg, beaten $0.20
4 hoagie rolls $1.99
1 cup spaghetti sauce $3.1
Sliced or shredded mozzarella, about 3 cups $3.75

Total Cost   $21.34
Cost per serving $5.33

1.) Preheat broiler.

2.) In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil and saute onions, bell peppers, and garlic. After 2 minutes, add salt and cook until tender. Remove from pan and let cool.

3.) In a medium bowl, pour milk over bread crumbs and let soak for 5 minutes. Remove from milk and squeeze out excess milk, until bread is moist but not soggy.

4.) In a large bowl, mix together beef, pork sausage, soaked bread, cooled vegetables, basil, oregano, parsley, pepper, chili flakes, grated Parmesan, and egg. Gently roll into 2″ balls.

5.) In the same skillet used for the vegetables, add 1 tablespoon oil and heat over medium heat. Cook meatballs, browning completely until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, using an instant-read thermometer.

6.) Meanwhile, remove inside from hoagie rolls. To assemble heroes, fill hoagies with 4 meatballs each. Drizzle each with 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce and 3 slices, or 3/4 cup, of mozzarella cheese.

7.) Place heroes on a sheet pan under the broiler until the cheese melts and turns golden brown. Top each sandwich with 1/2 tablespoon Parmesan.

8.) Serve and enjoy!

Read my review of Hunter’s Heroes here

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