Anyone Can Cook: Meatball Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Are you the girl whose kitchen is notoriously clean…because you literally never cook? Maybe you flunked Home Ec while simultaneously almost setting your high school on fire, but that doesn’t mean you’re sentenced to a life where the Chinese takeout place knows your order by heart. These recipes are so easy that anyone can make them and fool everyone into thinking they’re a chef.
Who doesn’t love a classic grilled cheese sandwich? It’s so¬†hard to mess something like this up that it becomes a go-to when you don’t feel like tipping a delivery man or need some drunk food after a party. Plus, there really is no such thing as too much cheese. Why not try and add some spice to that amazing sandwich with¬†MEATBALLS! This recipe is very similar to the traditional meatball sub we all know and love.
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1 pound lean ground beef
1/3 cup romano cheese
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons softened butter for spreading
4 slices of a bread of your choice
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
2 ounces provolone cheese, freshly grated


To make the meatballs, combine the beef, cheese, bread crumbs, garlic, basil, parsley, pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix until just combined (don’t overmix!) and them form meatballs that are a little less than 1-inch in diameter. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Add the meatballs and cook until they are browned on all sides (don’t worry about them being cooked through yet), about 5 minutes total.
Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the diced tomatoes, butter, another pinch of salt and pepper and stir. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. Now, do what you want with your meatballs! Like make grilled cheese.
To make the grilled cheese, spread the outsides of the bread with a 1/2 tablespoon of softened butter. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add some grated mozzarella to the bottom slice of bread, cover it with a few meatballs, add a bit more mozzarella and another bread slice. Cook the sandwich until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden and toasty. Serve immediately!

[Recipe & Image via How Sweet It Is]

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