Makes about 12 meatballs for 4 subs.
1 lb ground venison
1-2 French baguettes
1 jar of marinara sauce
1/4 cup onion, graded or finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large egg
1/3 cup whole milk
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
6-8 slices mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup panko
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
For the Gremolata:
2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Zest of 1 lemon
1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
4 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
STEP 2: Lightly drizzle a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil.
STEP 3: To prepare the Gremolata, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and allow to sit.
STEP 4: In another medium bowl, combine panko, dry seasonings, beaten egg and milk. Allow to soak for 1-2 minutes. Then add in onions, garlic, parmesan cheese and parsley. Add in ground venison and mix gently by hand to combine. Do not over-work.
STEP 5: Roll out “golf ball” sized meatballs.
STEP 6: Place meatballs on baking sheet. Lightly drizzle olive oil on top of meatballs.
STEP 7: Bake in a preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
STEP 8: When meatballs are about 5 minutes out from being done, heat up marinara sauce in a pot, over low heat.
STEP 9: Once meatballs are fully cooked, add them to the marinara sauce.
STEP 10: Cut French baguette into desired length. Slice open French baguette and butter both sides. Lightly toast the French baguette in the oven.
STEP 11: To assemble the subs, place 3-4 meatballs with marinara sauce onto one side of toasted French baguette. Then add sliced mozzarella cheese. Place in the oven to allow cheese to melt. Keep a close eye on it while heating to ensure baguette doesn’t burn.
STEP 12: Finish off with drizzling Gremolata over the melted cheese. Serve Immediately and enjoy!
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