Meatball Grinders with a Yummy Sauce

Meatball Grinders with a Yummy Sauce


"Sounds a bit odd, but it's fantastic. My best friend gave me the recipe so I made it and it is incredible. She wanted me to share the recipe, so here it is."


25 m servings 699 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 699 kcal
  • 35%
  • Fat:
  • 27.6 g
  • 42%
  • Carbs:
  • 87.4g
  • 28%
  • Protein:
  • 25.4 g
  • 51%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 70 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 2442 mg
  • 98%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large saucepan, mix pizza sauce, apple jelly, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a low boil over medium heat.
  2. Place frozen meatballs into the sauce mixture. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, or until meatballs are done, stirring occasionally.
  3. While the meatballs are cooking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place the split hoagie rolls on a large baking sheet.
  4. Place several meatballs and desired amount of sauce in each roll. Layer with mozzarella cheese. Place in the preheated oven for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.
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  1. 117 Ratings


I've made this (less the hoagie buns) several times as a hot appetizer at parties. I put the pizza sauce and jelly in a crock pot and let them melt together on high, then add a bag of frozen mea...

I tried this recipe for my family, and we all loved it. I fried some onions and red and green peppers on the stove and added them to the subs. Sprinkled mozzerella cheese on top, we loved it. Th...

Wonderful recipe! I used pepper jelly instead of apple jelly because I had some leftover from the holidays. Based on the other reviews that indicated this made a lot of sauce, I used a full ba...

This was excellent! I made these to go with my son's pirate-themed birthday party (we called them 'cannon ball sandwiches, LOL). My in-laws thought they were very good, and my MIL even took the ...

Way too sweet for my son and I, we couldn't eat it all, but my husband said it was only a tad too sweet. Would use only a tbsp of jelly if I make this again.

I made this last night for my husband and he LOVED it. I hollewed out the buns a little so that the meatballs wouldn't fall out and it held more of the yummy sauce. Excellent!

Wow, excellent sauce! I cut back just a little bit on the apple jelly based on other reviews and used three heaping tablespoons instead of 10 oz. I put all the ingredients in a slow cooker alo...

I scaled this recipe to serve 3. It was so easy, delicious and unique. I was skeptical with ingredients but everyone loved these grinders! I'm making them again today and I won't be scaling t...

We all liked these. The sauce was really good, but there was definitely too much of it. You can easily halve the amount of sauce and keep the amout of meatballs the same. We put sliced olives...