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Meatball Sub Recipe an Easy Appetizer Dish

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I can’t wait to share a new favorite appetizer in our house, this mini meatball sub recipe! And there’s a reason that I’m sharing it with you now. Let me just say that growing up in Kansas City has made me a HUGE sports fan, and football in particular. In case you had not heard, there’s kind of a big game taking place on Sunday. I’ll assume you know which big football game I’m referring to…

Most people would say that food and this big game go hand in hand, especially foods that you can grab and eat from your hand. So, this fun and easy meatball sub recipe is the perfect bite size treat for any time you’re hosting friends and looking for a great grab and enjoy appetizer snack.

Meatball Sub Recipe

Build your own meatball sub bite!

Build your own meatball sub bite!

Let’s start off with a basic, meatballs. I personally went with frozen meatballs, added a jar of red pasta sauce, and cooked in the crockpot for about 2-3 hours. Whatever your favorite way to make meatballs with red pasta sauce, make it happen. The frozen ones held up nicely when cut, which is an important thing for building this meatball sub recipe.

I recommend that now you lay out a single layer of RITZ® Crackers on a serving plate. Now on another plate you want to start removing some meatballs and cutting them in half. Note, these are hot so caution & adults only. Add one half of a meatball, flat side down, on top of one of the RITZ® Crackers, filling up each cracker on your plate.

Next is to use a spoon to dollop a little red pasta sauce on top of each meatball. Then you just add a pinch of mozzarella or italian shredded cheese, and top with a bit of parsley to make it pretty. And voila, meatball sub bites!

Are you ready for the big football game!? These meatball sub recipe appetizers are easy and delicious! Perfect appetizers for a crowd or party!

To really impress your guests, consider lining your serving counter or table with green indoor/outdoor carpet, you can even add some white lines if you want. I chose to plate my meatball sub bites on a black and white striped plate, a nod to those football referees who can really make or break it in a game.


Another great idea to impress your guests is to grab add some fancy single serve bottles of Coca-Cola to your table. I especially love their aluminum and glass bottles that I found at Safeway. Why is it that Coca-Cola tastes even better when drinking it out of a fun bottle?

Grab some aluminum or glass Coca-Cola bottles when you pick up your RITZ® crackers at the store!

Grab some aluminum or glass Coca-Cola bottles when you pick up your RITZ® crackers at the store!

Are you ready for your shopping list for the big game, or any party where you’re planning to serve this meatball sub recipe?

  • RITZ® Crackers (find more great recipes here)
  • meatballs (frozen bagged ones work well)
  • red pasta sauce (one jar to about 30 or so meatballs)
  • shredded cheese (choose your favorite, I did mozzarella)
  • parsley (optional)

Now go deep, because this one is going to be a TOUCHDOWN!

Time to share, which team do you always cheer for?

Need an appetizers recipe that's easy and delicious? How about this meatball sub recipe, the bite size snack is full of flavor. Great appetizers for party or crowds!

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