Makes 20 very large meatballs, cut down to the size you need
2 lbs. Great Value Mild Italian Sausage links
1 lb. 80/20 ground beef
1 large sweet onion
1/3 green pepper
1 Tb Dried Parsley
1 Tb Dried Italian Season
1 Tablespoon Basil in Tubes (sold at Wal-Mart)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 1/4 cups Homemade dried bread crumbs
1 teaspoon garlic granules
1/8 cup softened butter
This is what you would need for the meatballs subs I made.
3 to 4 long French bread loaves
2 to 3 cups favorite Marinara or spaghetti sauce
2lbs. cheese ,this is a guess, I grabbed what I needed while I was doing it.
1 Night before...I dried out 5 pieces of homemade bread the night before then food processed to crumbs, but I am sure any bread crumb would work.
2 In a large food processor or blender (pulsing in-between items to blend) add, sweet onion, green pepper, parsley, Italian seasonings, basil, pepper, salt, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, and butter. Pulse until everything is well blended.
3 Remove casing from Italian sausage.
4 Add Sausage and beef to a very large bowl or 5-quart stand mixer mix, (I used a stand mixer) slowly add in premixed herb mixture. When finished, it should be the consistency of pate.
5 Use a large ice-cream scoop to measure large meatballs. On a parchment-lined cookie sheet place meatballs and cover with foil and place in the refrigerator for several hours. (this helps firm up the meatball for grilling
Tip One thing I find that helps, after you get them mixed up, fry one meatball in a skillet make sure it's seasoned the way you like before doing all of them. They are easier to tweak that way :)
6) After a few hours, preheat gravity series grill to 325. I did about 8 minutes flipping once.
To make sandwiches
1 Cut off the top of loaf hollow out loaf, line with cheese slices, top with meatball, favorite marinara or spaghetti sauce, shredded cheese.
2 I put in non-stick cooking sprayed enamel coated cast iron shallow pan
3 Place on pan directly on grilling grates, grill at 325 for 8 to 10 minutes, lift lid, I used a kitchen propane torch to brown cheese a tad (not necessary is will melt fine I just like it a little browned) sprinkle with a little dried Italian seasoning and grill for 4 to 5 minutes more minutes.