As a young boy growing up in Southern California, I didn’t realize that part of my family culture was raised around “Family Traditions” throughout my life. Many of these traditions surrounded a special meal with birthdays, holidays or vacation time together.
Today, I am a Father of four children living in San Diego, California and I have adopted many of these, “Family Traditions” with my own family. Over the course of the next few months, I plan to share some of my special recipes, along with a family tradition and story associated with that recipe. Today’s story is about Fall Fishing with my son, Mossimo and Meatball Sandwiches.
The Back Story
I guess I can say that I am pretty blessed. I have four healthy children who are all quite different in their personalities and activities. I have three daughters that love Sports, Science and Art and a Son who loves everything to do with fishing. As long as I can remember, my son Mossimo had a fishing pole in his hand and was ready to go fishing every chance he could with me.
On his 5th birthday, we started a tradition together where I would take him fishing for his birthday. We would take some time away from school and work and drive up to my parents cabin in the mountains in the Eastern High Sierra’s. Our weekend was spent fishing and spending father and son time together, as well as celebrating his birthday. We have never missed a year since. In fact, I have captured some of these pictures over the years for you to see how this young boy has turned into a young man.
One of our birthday traditions was also making Meatball Sandwiches. These sandwiches are easy to carry and are the perfect snack to a long day out on the water fishing. In today’s recipe, I will be using King’s Hawaiian Bread, Sub Mini-Rolls. Give my recipe a try and create your own fall fishing memories with your family.
Shopping List: Makes 6 Sandwiches
1- Package of King’s Hawaiian Mini Sub Rolls
1- Package of Sweet Italian Sausage
1- Medium Onion, Chopped Fine
2-3 Peppers (Yellow, Orange and Red)
2- 15oz. Cans of Tomato Sauce
1- 6oz. Can of Tomato Paste
1-Tablesppon of: Crushed Red Pepper, Garlic Salt
2-Tablespoons of Italian Seasoning
1- Cup of Fresh Basil Leaves, Chopped fine
1-Package of Sliced Mozzarella – Provolone Cheese
Equipment: 2 mixing bowls, Small pot with lid, Fry Pan
Cooking Steps: Veggie & Sauce Prep
Chop all veggies and fresh Basil to a fine chop. Place this veggie medley in a stand-bye bowl to be added later with ingredients. Next, empty your Tomato Sauce and Paste into a mixing bowl and add dry ingredients (Italian Seasoning, Garlic Salt and Crushed Red Pepper). Mix well. Grease the base of your cooking pot with olive oil and place on a LOW heat and empty sauce into pot. Cover with lid. Stir sauce every 5 minutes to avoid burning.
Next Step, Meatball Prep
Take a large mixing bowl and remove sausage from it’s casing and crumble sausage into the mixing bowl. Take the veggie medley and slowly mix the sausage with the veggie medley. Add approx. 1 1/2- cups into the sausage mix. You may add a tablespoon of Olive oil to help make the sausage mixture blend faster. Mix the ingredients by hand and make sure you have the veggies and herbs blended well throughout the sausage.
Since we are making a meatball sandwich, it is important to make the right size of meatball. I like to make mine slightly smaller than a golf ball because I am able to fit more meatballs in my sandwich. The best way to measure the right size is to use your hands. Simply take some sausage mix into your palm and form a ball in the base of the palm of your hand. When done, set the finished meatball aside and repeat the steps until all of the mix is used.
Next Step: Fry Pan
Lightly grease a fry pan with some olive oil and add the meatballs into the fry pan on Med/ High heat. When all meatballs are placed on the pan, take a lid and cover the meatballs. The lid helps trap heat, which also cuts down time on cooking. Rotate each meatball every 5-7 minutes. You should be able to cook all the meatballs within 15- 18 minutes.
When you have completed the sausage rotation, pour all of your sauce from the pot into the meatball fry pan as seen in the video. Stir sauce into the meatball pan slowly and lower heat to LOW setting, cover with lid for another 5- 8 minutes.
Ready to Serve
Take your King’s Hawaiian, Mini Sub roll and place a couple slices of cheese in the roll. Add a scoop of sauce and meatballs on the roll and you now have my Meatball Sandwich!