Meatball Sub on a Stick

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!
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This Meatball Sub on a Stick recipe is a super fun spin on the classic! Perfect for a quick meal or a unique appetizer.  This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are low fat as well as delicious!

Ok, we’re doing dinner again.

Actually this is sorta dinner…sorta lunch or sorta appetizer food.

 

The inspiration for these guys came from my trip to Las Vegas back in November.

Wait, didn’t I tell you I went to Las Vegas in November?  Where is my brain??

Well I did.  And it was fantastic.

 

The reason for the trip was to attend the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off.  I had THE BEST time.  The Bake-Off is such a fantastic contest..all y’all should enter!  You could win one meeeelionnnn dollars!

Anyhow, I went as “media” not as a contestant…and I will tell you, the entries this year were amazing! Plus, going as media allows you to do lots of sampling.

And let’s just say I’m still working on losing the ell-bees I gained while I was there!

 

Long story short, I swiped the idea for these Meatball Subs on a Stick from one of the entries.  My meatball recipe is my own, but the whole idea is completely hers.  I just think it’s brilliant!

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Let’s talk details…

 

I grated 1/2 a cup of Parmesan cheese and mixed that in with my ground turkey.

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Then some breadcrumbs…

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

And of course spices.

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Also, know that you could easily use a ground beef for these if you prefer, but just make sure to get the leanest beef possible, because when you bake them, you don’t want grease everywhere.  I really love the turkey, give it a try!

Form your mixture into meatballs about 1 inch in diameter…

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Then grab a can of the Classic breadsticks…

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

And thread the breadstick and 3 meatballs for every skewer.

Make sure to spread the meatballs out a bit so they aren’t smushed together.  This will help the meatballs cook through and will also give the breadstick a little wiggle room.

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Bake them for 20 minutes…

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

And then sprinkle some shredded mozzarella cheese on top…

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Bake them for about 2 more minutes until the cheese is melted…

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

And then serve them with some marinara sauce to dip!

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Aren’t they fun?

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

 

 

4.8 from 5 reviews
Meatball Sub on a Stick
 
makes 12 skewers
Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp dried Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp dried Basil
  • 1 Tbsp dried Parsley or ¼ cup fresh chopped
  • ½ tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can Pillsbury Original breadsticks
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 12 (10"-12") wooden skewers
  • Marinara sauce for dipping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In bowl combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Oregano, Basil, Parsley, red pepper flakes and garlic. Form into 1 inch meatballs.
  4. Open can of breadsticks and starting with one breadstick at a time thread dough then meatball. Repeat the process with 2 more meatballs alternating dough-meatball, ending with dough. Make sure to spread dough and meatballs away from each other by about ¼", so the meatballs bake through and the dough has room to expand.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through. Remove from oven and ssprinkle each skewer with 1-2 Tbsp of shredded mozzarella cheese. Place back in oven for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce for sipping.
Notes
inspired by Kim Van Dunk's entry in the Pillsbury Bake-Off 100 Winning Recipes 2013

 

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Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
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February 21, 2014 8:11 am

I LOVE THESE! So creative and fun…everything is better on a stick! I totally would have never thought of it. Hello weekend food!

annie @ chase that i love
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February 21, 2014 8:32 am

Super fun!
Since meat is not my thing, when I have to make it for others I just throw some ground turkey in a skillet with whatever sauce I can come up with…which is fine, but just dull after a while. I’m looking forward to surprising someone with these. I only hope they’ll look as nice as yours do.

Erin | The Law Student
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February 21, 2014 9:21 am

Shelley, you have just given me the key to love, admiration, and making every man I meet from now until the age of 80 fall in love with me. So clever and so MMMM!

Jen of My Tiny Oven
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February 21, 2014 9:46 am

These are so cute! You can never go wrong with a meatball!!
PS. I have been loving your savory recipes! Keep ’em coming.

Ali | Gimme Some Oven
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February 21, 2014 9:53 am

Oh my gosh, I have to try these! Positively brilliant!!

leslie
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February 21, 2014 10:08 am

These are kinda amazing!!!

Jalane Hancock
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Jalane Hancock
September 16, 2014 1:29 pm

these look like fun for my grands. We like to do a few things before they arrive and freeze so dinner time is NOT so stressful.
We like to make our own HOTPOCKETS with canned biscuits for them, and they are easy, not so messy.

Elizabeth L
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Elizabeth L
February 21, 2014 10:24 am

These are brilliant! Excited to have these in my stash of fun party food. Thanks for the great post!

DessertForTwo
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February 21, 2014 12:04 pm

This is so cute! Thanks for sharing :)

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
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February 21, 2014 1:05 pm

Such a fun appetizer!

Sarah @ Sarah Cooks the Books
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February 21, 2014 1:31 pm

What an interesting idea! Thanks for sharing.

Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)
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February 21, 2014 2:36 pm

Okay, so your super fun desserts have transferred over to super fun dinner ideas! Love these!!!! P.S. I am so envious you got to go to the Bake-off!!

Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
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February 21, 2014 2:44 pm

For one – these are adorable and two – meatball sub on a stick is plain BRILLIANT! Such a fun idea for kids and adults alike! Thank you for sharing

Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas
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February 21, 2014 2:47 pm

These are SOOOO much fun! Would love to serve these at a party =)

Emily S
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Emily S
February 21, 2014 3:01 pm

These look adorable!! Do you think the recipe might still work with premade meatballs, such as the Costco Kirkland brand? (I hope so… I have a huge bag of those taking up room in my freezer and am desperate for new ways to use them!). The Kirkland meatballs are precooked, but the oven directions call for about 10-15 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

Shawn @ i Wash You Dry
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February 21, 2014 6:03 pm

These are definitely brilliant! I wish I could have attended the bake-off, I’m sure it was a lot of fun to watch everyone busy making their recipes!

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts
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February 21, 2014 6:52 pm

This is probably the coolest appetizer/snack I have ever seen. Pinning this one for sure!

Uzma
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Uzma
February 21, 2014 7:16 pm

They look so yummy!!! I’d love to make this for my daughters birthday party but I
Live in London n I Don’t think I can get pillsbury original breadsticks here. Have u got any other alternatives?? :(

Mimi @ Culinary Couture
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February 21, 2014 8:20 pm

These would make the cutest appetizer! Way better than pigs in a blanket!

Agos
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February 21, 2014 8:38 pm

That’s just genius!

Germaine
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Germaine
February 21, 2014 8:42 pm

Since we do not have the Pillsbury bread sticks here I’m going to try my pizza dough instead but this will be a hit here..

Emily @ Life on Food
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February 22, 2014 12:56 pm

What a fun recipe! This would be great for any party. I know all the big kids would love them.

bridget {bake at 350}
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February 22, 2014 6:50 pm

OK…you know these have taken over Pinterest, right!?? I didn’t even realize they were yours! Genius and oh so fun!!!

Paula – bell’alimento
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February 22, 2014 8:15 pm

I want to eat these right now! Amazing idea!

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent
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February 23, 2014 1:05 pm

These are so fun, and look super easy to make. Thanks for sharing :)

KayleneP @ The Links Site
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February 24, 2014 12:23 am

These look so cool, I can’t wait to try making them! We don’t have the Pillsbury bread sticks in Australia but I make my own dough so it should be fun to try using home made dough!

Jenny Flake
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February 24, 2014 8:12 am

Too much fun on a stick!! Love these, my boys would go bananas for them. Making soon!

Katriel
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Katriel
February 25, 2014 1:36 pm

I recently got an invitation for a bachelorette party that said to bring finger food to share and something sexy for the bride. And I stumbled across this as I was thinking about what to bring. I’m not sure if meatball subs on a stick was what they meant when they said to bring fingerfood, but I’m playing the pregnant card..I can bring whatever the heck I want.

Karen Petersen
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February 25, 2014 4:14 pm

This is seriously so amazing! I love the pictures!

Nicole
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March 3, 2014 12:31 pm

This is so creative and seem so freaking easy!

stephanie
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stephanie
March 4, 2014 3:45 pm

I wonder if you can grill these?? I love this idea! Thanks

Laure
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Laure
March 7, 2014 10:03 am

Love these! I made this last night and my kids loved them. I used crescent rolls instead of breadsticks and they worked out great.

Jessica
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Jessica
May 13, 2014 5:20 pm

I’m sooooo glad to hear crescent rolls worked. They didn’t have breadsticks at the store and I didn’t think of pizza dough. They are in the oven right now’

Renee @ Awesome on $20
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March 8, 2014 11:54 pm

These are absolutely brilliant. I bet the Bake-Off was an absolute blast. I hope you got to say hi to Becky!

Linda
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March 10, 2014 6:41 pm

Yum! Wish I had this recipe when my kid was young. Pinned and added the link to all my favorite places. Super great idea.

Medeja
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March 12, 2014 7:24 am

What an interesting idea that I haven’t seen before!

gigisgoneshopping
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March 15, 2014 12:07 pm

These look awesome. Love that they’re turkey meatballs.

gigisgoneshopping
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March 15, 2014 12:07 pm

These look great! Love that they’re turkey meatballs.

Valerie Strohl
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March 19, 2014 1:35 pm
Hi Shelly! Love this recipe. I am going to use it on my on-line cooking show for kids with disabilities, Sarah’s Great Day, on YouTube. I will of course give all creds to you and Ms.Van Dunk (and links). I wanted you to know that this is an absolutely marvelous recipe for teaching kids fine motor skills, counting, sequencing, sensory issues and on and on. I did add an egg, which I wondered how you got the meatballs to stay together, and used garlic salt instead of garlic. But these are so yummy. Episode will come out on April 8th… Read more »
Kim
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Kim
March 29, 2014 1:13 pm

I was the lucky contestant who was able to make these at the last Pillsbury Bake Off. The Bake Off was so much fun, but with so many people popping over, I don’t remember who was who. I’m glad you were able to remake the recipe with your own touches. It’s fun and tasty to book!

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Kristen
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May 20, 2014 5:13 pm

My tube of Pillsbury breadsticks came only with 8 breadsticks. Do they make a larger tube? I ended up with enough meatballs and dough for 4 meatballs per stick, 8 sticks.

Dawn
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Dawn
May 23, 2014 7:10 pm

I’m making these tonight for dinner, but I can’t find the Pillsbury breadsticks after going to 2 stores. I’m going to try using the Pillsbury french bread instead. I hope it works, these look amazing!

Sarah
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June 5, 2014 6:53 am

Hi! I saw this recipe and just had to try it. My whole family LOVED it! And that is saying a lot for my 5 year old. I was hoping you wouldn’t mind if I added it to my blog, with full credit to you of course?

Mar
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Mar
July 7, 2014 3:30 pm

What a great idea !!!

Thanks so much for sharing, I have shared with friends
in our recipe group

Can’t wait to try them

Mar

Megan Walsh
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Megan Walsh
August 3, 2014 9:56 pm
5 stars! So easy, My 17 yr old son made this tonight for dinner, with some guidance. We made it exactly as the recipe indicated and it all turned out perfectly to the T! We used fresh garlic, which really enhanced the flavors. Served it with a side salad w roasted pecans, red onion, fuji apple and Paneras fuji apple dressings they sell at the local grocery store and its now our favorite dish……will be repeated and served for company. One tip: keep your breadstick dough in fridge until right before assemble them so that they stay firm and easy… Read more »
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Nicole
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Nicole
September 2, 2014 8:44 pm

These are the best chicken meatballs I’ve ever had! They have a little bit of a kick in them but they are so amazing! I didn’t make them on sticks (I’m a college student and trying to cut wherever I can) but we made the meatballs, poured them into tomato sauce, and put them on pillsbury buttermilk biscuits with provolone cheese for little meatball sandwiches. My boyfriend and I loved them!!!

Michelle
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Michelle
September 17, 2014 10:02 pm

Can you make these with the frozen meetballs (thawed out of course)?

Kristen
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Kristen
October 9, 2014 2:33 pm

These look so delicious! Now, I’ve only used the wooden skewer on the grill and then I have to soak them so they will not burn…do you pre-soak your skewer for this?!

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