Sack of subway, this is the real deal.
The milk soaked bread is key in the meatballs - don't skip this step!
COOKING TIME (INCLUDES PREPARATION TIME): 45 MINUTES
- 500g Beef Mince - £2.41
- 500g Pork Mince - £1.89
- Fennel Seeds - £0.85
- Fresh White Bread - £0.50
- 1 Pint of Milk - £0.45
- 1 Brown Onion - £0.16
- Garlic - £0.30
- 500g Passata - £0.35
- 1 Ball Mozzarella - £0.47
- 3 Eggs - £0.89
- 1 Large Ciabatta Loaf - £1.00
- Bunch of Parsley - £0.70
- Total Cost - £9.97 - This covers absolutely everything. All we assume you have in your kitchen beforehand is SALT, PEPPER AND OLIVE OIL.
- First up, make your meatballs. Start by placing 120 grams of fresh white bread (without crusts) in a bowl. Pour over enough milk over the bread so it is covered, and then leave to soak and absorb.
- Into a large bowl, add your pork and beef mince, 1 finely diced onion, 2 cloves of grated garlic, a large handful of parsley, 2 teaspoons of ground fennel seeds, 3 egg yolks, a good sprinkle of salt and pepper, and your milk soaked bread. Mix everything together with your hands.
- Divide the mixture into 12 balls.
- Place a frying pan on a medium-high with a good glug of vegetable oil. When the oil it hot, place your balls into the pan. After 3-4 minutes, turn the balls. Keep turning the balls until they are brown on all sides. At this point, remove the balls from the pan, and place them on a plate to relax.
- Wipe out the pan, and then place back on the heat. Fry two cloves of finely chopped garlic for 1 minute, and then add 500g of passata and a glass of water. Season with salt and pepper, and then add a large handful of chopped parsley. Mix everything together, and simmer the sauce away until it has thickened.
- At this point, reintroduce the meatballs to the pan. Turn the balls around in the sauce, and leave to cook over a medium heat for 7 more minutes, bathing the balls regularly.
- Assembly time. Cut a large ciabatta loaf in half lengthways, and spoon over some of your marinara sauce onto the bottom half. Then add the meatballs, and cover them with the remaining sauce. Lay a thin slice of mozzarella over each ball, sprinkle over a bit more ground fennel seed, and place the sub under a grill for 7 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Place the top half over the sub in the oven as well so it can toast.
- When the cheese has melted, remove the sub and place on a board. Take the top half of the loaf and give it a good drizzle of olive oil. Place it on top of the meatballs, carve it up and enjoy!
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