• 1 loaf ciabatta , sliced in half lengthwise and then in quarters to make 4 sandwiches
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 12 ounces frozen meatballs (varies depending on size of meatballs)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 tablespoons italian seasoning
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese (deli sliced)
  • 1 Add olive oil, garlic and Italian seasoning to a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • 2 Add marinara sauce and meatballs to a medium sauce pan and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • 3 When the sauce is hot and the meatballs are heated all the way through turn off the heat and remove meatballs from the sauce.
  • 4 Remove the olive oil from the heat and over a small bowl, pour the oil mixture through a small metal strainer.
  • 5 Using the back of a metal spoon, scrape the bottom of the strainer, pushing the garlic “paste” into the bowl.
  • 6 Brush a thin layer of the flavored oil onto the cut sides of the bread.
  • 7 Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce over one side of the bread.
  • 8 Cut each meatball in half and place them in an even layer over the marinara sauce.
  • 9 Place a slice of mozzarella cheese over the meatballs.
  • 10 Place the other slice of bread on top of the cheese covered meatballs.
  • 11 Heat an indoor grill pan over medium high heat.
  • 12 Place the sandwiches on the grill and cover with a bacon press or other heavy object and cook just until nice grill marks appear.
  • 13 Turn the sandwiches over and place the bacon press on top and cook just long enough to see grill marks.
  • 14 Serve.