Spicy Meatball Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


This, friends. This is comfort food. Quick, easy, and just jam-packed with marinara-soaked deliciousness. Late-night eating done right. Make this recipe y’all.

Meatball Grilled Cheese Sandwiches 

Makes 4 sandwiches 


1 ¼ pounds ground beef 

⅓ cup parmesan cheese 

¼ cup breadcrumbs 

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons minced fresh basil leaves 

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 

½ teaspoon dried oregano 

½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes 

½ teaspoon sea salt 

½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper 

2 tablespoons olive oil 

2 cups marinara sauce (homemade is best) 


¼ cup softened butter 

8 slices sourdough bread 

8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 

¼ cup fresh basil leaves 

  1. First, make the meatballs. In a bowl, combine beef, parmesan, breadcrumbs, garlic, basil, lemon zest, oregano, chili flakes, sea salt, and pepper, and mix well. Using the palms of your hands, shape into small 1-inch meatballs and set aside. Heat a high-sided pan over medium-heat and pour in the olive oil. When hot, add the meatballs and brown on all sides (about five minutes). Add the marinara, bring to a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through. Awesome. 
  2. Sandwich time. Liberally butter the outside of each piece of bread. Coat the inside of each piece of bread with about a tablespoon of marinara, then top with meatballs and sliced cheese. Add a few basil leaves, coat the second piece of bread with marinara, then sandwich. Easy peasy. 
  3. Heat a large cast iron pan over medium-heat. When hot add the sandwiches and cook until golden brown. Flip, cover with a lid, and cook until the cheese has melted. Yes please and thank you. Serve immediately. Delicious!! 


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