Merlot Meatball Sandwiches



1 pound lean ground beef
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 cloves minced garlic
1/8 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Merlot
shredded mozzarella cheese
marinara sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix meat, salt, pepper, onion powder, Italian seasoning and garlic. Add bread crumbs and parmesan and mix again. Lastly, add the wine and mix well.
  3. Form meatballs using a cookie scoop and place on a large sheet pan.
  4. Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Toast rolls.
  6. Add cheese to bottom half of roll, placing 4 meatballs on top of cheese (with a good amount of sauce) and more cheese to the top. Close the sandwich and grill on a panini press or grill pan. If you don’t have a grill press you can squish your sandwich down using a spatula or place a small skillet on top of the sandwich.


Until next time, Kris