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Meatball Boats!!!

Savory Stuffed Delights: Meatball Boats Imagine a mouthwatering dish where meaty, flavorful meatballs are nestled in a warm, fluffy bread boat, generously slathered with tomato sauce and topped with melted cheese. Meatball Boats are a delightful combination of classic comfort food and creative presentation. This recipe promises a fun and satisfying meal that’s perfect for family dinners or gatherings with friends. Get ready to set sail on a delicious journey with these savory stuffed delights!

Meaty Excellence

The star of this dish is the juicy, well-seasoned meatballs that bring hearty flavor to each bite.

Creative Comfort

This recipe turns the classic meatball sub into an exciting and shareable meal that’s both fun to make and delicious to eat.

Substitutions and Variations:

Customize your Meatball Boats with these variations:

  1. Cheese Lover’s Paradise: Experiment with different types of cheese, such as mozzarella, provolone, or cheddar, to suit your taste.
  2. Veggie Oasis: Add sautéed onions, bell peppers, or mushrooms for a veggie-packed version.
  3. Spicy Kick: Spice things up by drizzling hot sauce or adding sliced jalapeños for a fiery twist.

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Now that you’ve uncovered the secret to Meatball Boats, it’s time to set sail on a flavorful adventure. Share this fun and savory dish with family and friends, or savor it as a delicious comfort meal all to yourself. Don’t forget to leave a review and share your favorite meatball boat toppings or dipping sauces with us. Happy cooking and bon voyage!

Tips or Notes:

  • You can use store-bought or homemade meatballs for this recipe.
  • Choose bread rolls or baguette sections that are sturdy enough to hold the meatballs and sauce without becoming soggy.
  • Customize the sauce to your liking by using marinara, arrabbiata, or Alfredo sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

You can prepare the meatballs and sauce in advance, then assemble the Meatball Boats and bake them when you’re ready to serve.

What can I serve with Meatball Boats?

These stuffed delights are satisfying on their own, but you can pair them with a side salad or coleslaw for a complete meal.

Meatball Boats!!!

Meatball Boats!!!

Recipe by Alexandra
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Course: All Word Recipes


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  • For the Meatball Boats:
  • 4 4 bread rolls or baguette sections

  • 12 12 cooked meatballs (store-bought or homemade)

  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 (360ml) tomato sauce (marinara, arrabbiata, or your favorite)

  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 (180g) shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Chopped fresh parsley or basil for garnish (optional)

  • For the Meatballs:
  • 1 pound 1 (450g) ground beef

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 (45g) breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 (60ml) milk

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 (25g) grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 (4 tablespoons) finely chopped onion

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 (15g) fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1 large 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon 1 salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 red pepper flakes (optional)


  • For the Meatballs:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and milk. Allow them to sit for a few minutes to absorb the liquid.
  • Add the ground beef, grated Parmesan cheese, finely chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped fresh parsley, egg, salt, black pepper, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes (if using) to the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Mix everything together until well combined. Shape the mixture into meatballs, about 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter.
  • Place the meatballs on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 15-20 minutes or until they are cooked through and browned on the outside. You can also cook them in a skillet with a bit of oil over medium heat.
  • For the Meatball Boats:
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Slice the tops off the bread rolls or baguette sections, and hollow out the centers to create “boats.”
  • Place 3 meatballs in each bread boat.
  • Spoon tomato sauce generously over the meatballs.
  • Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce.
  • Bake the Meatball Boats in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or basil, if desired.
  • Serve your Meatball Boats hot and savor the delightful combination of meaty, saucy, and cheesy goodness!

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