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Thatsa Gouda Meatball Sub Recipe


Jumping, Jimney Crickets! I am beside myself and it's not because my Mezzetta Make That Sandwich Recipe Contest entry, Thatsa Gouda Meatball Sub, didn't make the grade. It's because when I prepare to write a post I normally have the final recipe ready to go, but today I realize I am without my highly calculated, meticulous steps of this miraculous meatball sub recipe. True I am going to rewrite the recipe from memory to some degree of satisfaction, but it won't be the same as the submitted recipe entry. Recipes written for contests are exact, clear, concise, and are composed as perfectly as possible. So, even recipe contest submissions are worthy of exhibition because they are highly crafted pieces of food art. Damn the critics, this meatball sub is mahvelous!

But I just want my meatball sub to be loved, is that so wrong?!? At least I love, love, love the final pictures. So colorful! Thatsa Surprisingly Pretty Meataball!

Thatsa Gouda Meatball Sub Recipe {Prep Time: 30min., Cook Time: 30min., Total Time: 1hr., Servings: 4 subs.}


  • 1lb. ground chuck beef
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp coarse ground sea salt
  • 1 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 Italian sub rolls
  • 8 slices Gouda cheese
  • 8 tomato slices
  • 8 green bell pepper slices, quartered
  • 8 sweet cherry peppers, quartered
  • 16 banana pepper rings, halved
  • 8 jalapeno pepper rings, halved


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with foil and lightly greasing it.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the marinara sauce and water. Cover.
  3. In a mixing bowl using your hands mix the ground chuck, breadcrumbs, and spices together until it is well-mixed. Form 1-2" balls and place equidistant apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Put the meatballs in the oven and turn up the heat under the saucepan to medium, uncover. Cook the meatballs for 10-13 minutes. While the meatballs are cooking, prep all of the vegetables.
  5. Take the meatballs out of the oven and place them directly into the simmering sauce. Turn up the heat to medium-high and let cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, turn the oven up to 400 degrees, re-foil the baking sheet, cut the subs lengthwise, and separate the cheese slices. At the end of 10 minutes, place 3-4 meatballs on the top side of the sub roll with 2 tbsp of sauce and cover the meatballs and bread with 2 pieces of Gouda cheese. Place in the oven for 4-7 minutes until the bread is lightly toasted and the cheese is melted.
  7. Remove the subs from the oven and baking sheet and let cool a few minutes. Then dress each sub with equal amounts of vegetables, close it, smush it together, cut in half with a serrated bread knife, and serve!
Thatsa Gouda Meatball Sub Recipe by Rachel Joyce

Trust me, putting fresh and pickled veg on the classic meat and cheese sub elevates the flavor and texture possibilites of this oldie-but-goodie.


1 Comment »


  • WineDineDivas

    October 21, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    We love. love, love your Super Cheese and high elevated Sub…
    Judit & Corina

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