Mini Meatball Parmesan Grinders


by Oct 25th, 2010 // Dinner, Recipes

Mini Meatball Parmesan Grinders

Mini Meatball Parmesan Grinders

When I was a kid my mom was pretty awesome about making dinner every night but on a rare occasion she’d suggest we pick up “grinders” from the local sub shop. This generally happened on a very busy night when we were all starrrrrrrving. We’d order: 1 meatball parm, 1 eggplant parm and 1 chicken parm and ask them to cut each grinder into 4 pieces. Oh how I loved the warm and soft yet toasty bread smothered in sauce and cheese.

Mini Meatball Parmesan Grinders

Last week I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner while my kid was nibbling on soft dinner roll. The roll reminded me of those grinder buns and I realized I had all the ingredients to make a sort of mini meatball parmesan grinder – you know, sort of like a meatball slider.

Mini Meatball Parmesan Grinders

That’s how the Mini Meatball Parmesan Grinder came to be. Even my kid’s stuffed dog liked the idea! Now for the recipe…

Mini Meatball Parmesan Grinders Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins  Cooking Time: 10 to 15 mins

6 pre-cooked meatballs (we bought turkey meatballs at Whole Foods)
1 1/2 cups sauce (we used Rao’s)
1 cup part skim shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses
6 small soft dinner rolls

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place meatballs and sauce in a small pot and cook until warmed through. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with tin foil and place each each dinner roll open on the cookie sheet. Carefully place one meatball on each dinner roll. Spoon some sauce over the meatball and sprinkle cheese on top of each meatball. Place in oven and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Makes 6 meatball grinders.

Mini Meatball Parmesan Grinders


9 Comments on “Mini Meatball Parmesan Grinders”

  1. 1.) Macki
    October 25th, 2010

    I could definitely eat tons of these right now, my mouth is watering. Such a fun idea!

  2. 2.) Dana
    October 26th, 2010

    I am going to make this as a pre-trick-or-treating dinner – it's so easy and perfect! Question – were the pre-cooked meatballs you bought from Whole Foods in sauce already? If not, what section did you find them in?

  3. 3.) CookingWithMyKid
    October 26th, 2010

    They were not in sauce. They are in a bag in the freezer section. Trader Joe's carries a similar product as well.

  4. 4.) CookingWithMyKid
    October 26th, 2010

    She likes to watch us cook and she's not crawling yet so we're taking advantage of the time while we can. My kid likes to tell her what everything is… kind of like we're on a cooking show.

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  6. 6.) Tracy
    November 3rd, 2010

    We made these last night and it was a hit. Thank you so much. Love your site!

  7. 7.) Mandy
    November 9th, 2010

    We'll be making these this weekend.

    I just discovered your site and can't wait to devour some recipes. I adore cooking with my four-year-old. He's the best sous chef I could have. He'll surpass my cooking skills by the time he's six. lol

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