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A Meatball Hero For Super Bowl Sunday And A Giveaway!!

Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce

Meatballs in Uncle Steve’s ย Tomato Basil Sauce

The wonderful and very generous people at Uncle Steve’s NY’s have offered to send a lucky reader a trio of sauces (see photo below). This is a terrific gift and you will have the opportunity to try Uncle Steve’s sauce for yourself. To say thank you I am making Steve his favorite meatballs with pine nuts and raisins and I am serving as a meatball hero. My Mom also made these so when Steve mentioned it was his favorite Sunday Supper it reminded me of my Mom also. The meatballs are first fried and then simmered in Uncle Stevesย Tomato Basil sauce. I am really loving this, I kid you not it tastes like my homemade sauce. I will still make my own but this sauce is a great alternative when you are in a hurry or just don’t feel like cooking.

All you have to do to win is leave a comment below. The sauce will be sent to you directly from Uncle Steve’s NY and the winner will be chosen through a random drawing via Random.org. The drawing is only open to those living in the Continental US, I am so sorry my dear friends overseas. The drawing will be on Friday February 6th.

Uncle Steve's Sauce

Uncle Steve’s Sauce

I used my recipe for Meatballs and added pine nuts and raisins, simmered in Uncle Steve’s Tomato Basil sauce and served on a soft roll with lots of melty cheese, now that’s a sandwich!!

Putting it all together

Putting it all together

Meatballs

1 lb ground beef – 80% I like chuck

1 lb ground pork or loose Italian sausage meat, sweet or hot

handful flat leaf parsley chopped

1/2 cup grated cheese – parmigiana or romano or both

2 eggs lightly beaten

2 cups fresh breadcrumbs

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup pine nuts lightly toasted

1/4 cup raisins

salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in mixing bowl and mix together, gently, don’t knead the meat or press on it. Form into balls I like them to be about the size of a hand ball. Heat some oil, olive works nicely in a skillet add some meatballs and fry until they are nicely browned on all sides, make sure there is space between each meatball while frying you don’t want to over crowd the pan. When done place in pot of sauce and simmer. Because I used already made sauce I didn’t cook as long if you are cooking the meatballs in homemade sauce I like to simmer for hours, literally hours maybe 3 or 4 hours on medium low heat.

Note: It’s hard to judge the correct seasoning so I add some salt and microwave a small piece to test for seasoning.

I simmered the meatballs in the sauce around 30 minutes. Slice open your bread, pre heat the broiler, brush the bread with olive oil and minced garlic, grate some cheese on both sides of the bread and put in the broiler until just very light brown, remove and add mozzarella to one side and put back in until the mozzarella is melted. Spoon meatballs and a little sauce on one side and close it up. Enjoy the sandwich and the game!! I don’t watch football so I will be enjoying my meatball hero while watching Downton Abbey.

Out of the broiler

Out of the broiler

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  1. Oh wow, Suzanne, that sandwich looks divine. Perfect for superbowl Sunday or any Sunday really! Awesome!!!

    February 1, 2015
  2. Suzanne, I always learn something new (to me) from your posts. Raisins in meatballs? Heck, I never heard of frying them first… and I’m feeling like that must be pretty basic. ๐Ÿ˜•
    However, I am all about having an easy option like a good sauce in a jar. I definitely need to look for Uncle Steve’s.
    You’re going to have a great Super Bowl feast! Huge hugs! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

    February 1, 2015
    • Yes, raisins and pine nuts in meatballs are pretty common, my Mom added them from time to time, more common in bracciole Thank you and you are entered to win a trio of sauces. Good luck!!

      February 1, 2015
  3. Me me me me me me โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ
    I was thinking of making the veg balls today and you have me a good recipe, besides I have to sub the meat with something veg meaty here. I so hope I can win that ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 1, 2015
  4. What a great sandwich, Suzanne! Enjoy the Superbowl tonight! ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 1, 2015
    • Thanks Stefano, you are entered to win and you enjoy the game also!!

      February 1, 2015
  5. Perfect and in time for Superbowl Sunday Suzanne, I see you’re quite prepared. These look amazing! Love meatball sandwiches myself. Happy Superbowl Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 1, 2015
  6. That meatball sub looks GREAT

    February 1, 2015
  7. Yummy Yum YUM Suzanne!!! Looks so good and perfect for today!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 1, 2015
  8. Carla #

    I have to make your recipe! Those are my Dad’s most favorite meatballs!! Can you make these with turkey chopped meat?

    February 1, 2015
    • Yes turkey would be delicious, just follow the recipe as written omitting the beef and pork of course. I have made using ground chicken and it was wonderful. Thanks and you are entered to win!!

      February 1, 2015
  9. :drool: This meatball hero looks too good for words! I’d love to try making it myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

    February 1, 2015
    • Well you are now entered to win the sauce so if you win I hope you do make the meatballs and sauce. Thank you.

      February 1, 2015
  10. YOU would be the “hero” if you showed up at my house with this sandwich, Suzanne! Yummy…it’s the PERFECT Downton Abbey accompaniment. I’ll let my hubby have the chicken wings and football…I’ll take this. ๐Ÿ˜›

    February 1, 2015
    • LOL, yes I would have to agree, love wings but the meatballs and melty cheese are really good!! Thanks, I think I’ll wash it all down with a nice cup of tea.

      February 1, 2015
  11. Last light, I made large meatballs for our meal today. If I only knew of this super recipe of yours. I love raisins in savory recipes, and you went further adding pine nuts! What a perfect recipe for Super Bowl Sunday (or any Sunday), and to incorporate Uncle Steve’s sauce!

    February 1, 2015
    • I love meatballs, it’s funny as a child I picked out the raisins, but now I love them in the meatballs. It’s great because this sauce tastes almost exactly like my homemade sauce. Thanks Fae and enjoy the game tonight,

      February 1, 2015
  12. Good heavens but that looks good – you could almost make a football fan out of me if you put one of these in front of me.

    February 1, 2015
    • Ha, thanks Liz, I don’t watch football. But I will enjoy the meatballs tonight irregardless. Thanks so much and have a great day.

      February 1, 2015
  13. Yum! No, I really only comment to you Suzanne. I can easily get Uncle Steve’s here in Florida (in fact Mom picked some up). The giveaway should go to someone who can not obtain it locally. Your Florida Bud. Cheryl

    February 1, 2015
  14. Meatball hero is always an awesome sandwich!! Love the fresh mozzarella ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy the super bowl Suzanne!

    February 1, 2015
    • Thanks Michael, hope you have a great time watching the game, hoping you have a great time.

      February 1, 2015
  15. This sandwich looks yummy. Raisins in meatballs? I’ve never heard of that before, but I’ll have to try it next time I make some ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 1, 2015
    • Hi Natalie, yes Italians put raisins sometimes in meatballs and bracciole, it really is good, I only really appreciate it as a grown up, when I was a kid not so much. Now I love the contrasting flavors Thanks so much.

      February 1, 2015
  16. angela lazo #

    Wow that looks delicious, my hubby would devour it, I will try to make it for him.

    February 1, 2015
  17. Today’s a perfect day for a good old fashioned meatball sub Suzanne- it looks delicious ๐Ÿ˜€

    February 1, 2015
    • Thanks so much Jess, I associate those type of sandwiches with Super Bowl Sunday for some reason.

      February 1, 2015
  18. Whoa Suzanne! Do you mind if we drop in for the Superbowl subs at your house in a couple hours?!! the perfect Superbowl food. Just add beer and brownies…

    February 1, 2015
    • It’s a date, you bring the brownies. LOL, thanks Rhonda. Wish you were close enough to stop by.

      February 1, 2015
  19. That sandwich looks like heaven to me!

    February 1, 2015
  20. Do you do home delivery Suzanne.? Not to everybody obviously or mine will get cold.
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

    February 1, 2015
    • I’ve heard they are working on a super quick flight from the US to UK, wouldn’t that be nice order dinner in the AM and it would be delivered just in time to eat. Thank you as always David and huge hugs my friend.

      February 1, 2015
  21. What a generous giveaway Suzanne! Your meatballs using Uncle Steve’s sauce look delicious and such a lovely adaptation using the pine nuts and raisins – I’m going to have to try that! Hope it was a fun night watching the Super Bowl!

    February 1, 2015
    • Well the super bowl just began, I don’t watch it though, I will watch Downton Abbey tonight. I am not a sports fan but the half time show is always good and I like to watch that. Thanks so much Margot.

      February 1, 2015
  22. Perfect meal for Super Bowl!

    February 1, 2015
  23. This reminds me of the meatball Sub Joey would eat on Friends! Delicious recipe ๐Ÿ˜€

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    February 1, 2015
    • Oh wow, I totally forgot about that. Yes you are right. LOL, thanks Uru.

      February 1, 2015
  24. I’ve just read a post where they didn’t pan-fry their meatballs – wouldn’t they be soggy? I have to ask as I’ve only ever had meatballs once. Yours sound the way to go. And I love the idea of the pine nuts and sultanas. Okay, I prefer sultanas! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy Downtown Abbey.

    February 1, 2015
    • I know people that just put the meatballs in the sauce, it’s like boiling them. I like frying them first I find it makes everything more flavorful and the raisins and pine nuts make them even better. Thanks looking forward to DA tonight,

      February 1, 2015
  25. Can’t wait to see the sauce hit Seattle. You are testimony enough.

    February 1, 2015
  26. I just love all of the different meatball recipes. This is quite unique and delicious I am sure, with the raisins and pine nuts. I would never have thought about using raisins ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 2, 2015
    • My Mom used raisins sometimes in her meatballs but I forgot about that until Steve reminded me it was his favorite, It’s really good!! Thanks so much.

      February 2, 2015
  27. Now thats a sandwich!

    February 2, 2015
  28. Yum, raisins and pine nuts in meatballs. I like the sound of that especially the raisins. Good luck to everyone in the competition. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    February 2, 2015
    • It’s really good, thank you so much. Wish they could ship overseas. :o(

      February 2, 2015
  29. I love meatballs, my whole family loves meatballs and yours look delicious, haven’t had them in a sandwich before! We had a type of meatball yesterday which are made with mince and offal (liver, heart etc), they are called faggots and are kind of old fashioned and great with onion gravy.

    February 2, 2015
    • I love meatballs also Anna, have never had faggots but I have heard of them. I bet they are wonderful with onion gravy. Is it made with mince beef or pork? Thank you so much,

      February 2, 2015
  30. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    I’d love to try Uncle Steve’s sauce on my meatballs. It would be a great reminder of our homestate of NY.

    February 2, 2015
  31. Drooling! I would love to try these sauces.

    February 2, 2015
  32. susitravl #

    Everything is better with sauce, right?!?
    myfoxypup at gmail dot com

    February 2, 2015
  33. I will do veggie balls with this:-) I want;-)

    February 3, 2015
  34. Wow love the idea Suzanne. .. wish to borrow the sauce and flavours to veggie version. …

    February 3, 2015
    • I think a veggie version would be wonderful, and I know you could come up with a great version. Thanks Chitra.

      February 3, 2015
  35. I love meatballs and these look absolutely delicious!

    February 3, 2015
  36. Dawn Keenan #

    I struggle to find a premade sauce that I like. This looks amazing! I’m getting hungry… Thanks for the chance.

    February 3, 2015
    • It’s true Dawn, this sauce is really really good. No kidding, you are entered to win and I highly recommend you give a try.

      February 3, 2015
  37. I love a good home made meat ball recipe.

    February 3, 2015
  38. Just look at those meatballs girl. I am so loving this dish. I wish I could just eat this and not make dinner tonight lol

    And please don’t forget to complete my Reader Survey.

    February 3, 2015
    • Thanks so much! I am a meatball fanatic! I did the survey the other day!

      February 3, 2015
  39. omg! Meatballs! I love them so much! That could be the last dish in my life ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great!

    February 3, 2015
  40. Liz #

    Now I want meatballs! These look great, Suzanne. Did you enjoy the game?

    February 4, 2015
    • Thanks Liz, didn’t watch the game. Watched Downton Abbey. I am terribly clueless when it comes to sports games.

      February 4, 2015
  41. Wow! These meatballs looks amazing. Perfect for the cold miserable weather here in the U.K.

    February 4, 2015
    • It’s cold and miserable here to and the meatballs were really nice and warm and filling. Thanks so much Emma.

      February 4, 2015
      • Sorry to hear that. I understand your pain. I’m even typing next to a SAD light now. Roll on summer! I hope the pugs are well.

        February 4, 2015
      • Thank you, Spring is around the corner, for both us!!

        February 4, 2015
  42. These meatballs look and sound super deliciousโ€“my mouth is watering! ๐Ÿ™‚ What a nice giveaway, too!

    February 4, 2015
    • Thanks Nancy, the meatballs were really good. You are entered to win!!

      February 4, 2015
  43. I will be making those meatballs for sure! I love the idea of the raisins and those sandwiches remind me ones my Dad and I used to get at a little Italian Deli in Des Moines when we visited our Grandparents! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that you toasted the bread!

    February 5, 2015
    • Thank you they are delicious meatballs, it’s my Moms recipe. Good memories of the Italian deli, they made the best sandwiches.

      February 5, 2015
  44. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com #

    Adding pine nuts and raisins to that sauce would make me eat the sauce with a spoon -as THE main course! YUM! ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 5, 2015
    • It’s funny I used to hate the raisins in the meatballs when I was a kid, now I love it funny how our tastes change when we grow up. They are really good. thanks Shashi.

      February 5, 2015
  45. Lauren #

    Your sandwich looks amazing. I want one!

    February 6, 2015
  46. Great simple but huge looking meatballs! Yummm!

    February 8, 2015
  47. Fig & Quince #

    Mmmmm, your meatball sandwich looks to die for! I could eat something like that every day! (With coke, pedestrian as it sounds.) YUM!

    February 9, 2015
    • I think a coke sounds perfect with it!!! Not pedestrian at all. Thanks Azita.

      February 9, 2015

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