• Meatballs
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup onion , minced
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley , finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese , freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Tomato Sauce
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery , peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 whole cloves or 1/8 teaspoon clove , ground
  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomatoes , drained and chopped
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine
  • 2 -4 banana peppers , roasted, peeled & cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 4 -6 kaiser rolls, halved or 4 -6 ciabatta
  • parmesan cheese , freshly grated
  • 1 In a bowl, combine ingredients for meatballs, except for oil, and mix well. Form into 8 balls of uniform size.
  • 2 In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add Meatballs, in batches, if necessary, and brown on all sides. Transfer to a slow cooker. Drain off all but 1 tbsp fat from pan. If you used extra-lean meat, you may have to add oil to reach 1 tablespoons
  • 3 In the meantime, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roast the peeled and sliced banana peppers on a baking sheet, turning two or three times until the skin on all sides is blackened. This takes about 25 minutes.
  • 4 To make Tomato Sauce: Reduce heat to medium. Add onions and celery to pan and cook, stirring, until softened. Add garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and cloves and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and wine, bring to a boil and cook, stirring until mixture is reduced by 1/3rd, depending upon the size of your pan, about 5 minutes. Pour over meatballs, cover and cook on Low for 6-8 hours or on High for 3-4 hours, until meatballs are no longer pink inside.
  • 5 Place 1 to 2 meatballs on one half of kaiser bun or ciabatta bread, spoon additional sauce over all and top with the other half of the bun. Serve with a small bowl containing the roasted banana peppers and another containing grated Parmesan Cheese. Allow people to garnish to taste. You may need a knife and fork!