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!

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!

 

 

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Meatball Sub on a Stick


Description:

makes 12 skewers


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp dried Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp dried Basil
  • 1 Tbsp dried Parsley or 1/4 cup fresh chopped
  • 1/2 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 1/4″, 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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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90 Responses
  1. 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.

    1. Jalane Hancock

      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.

  2. Emily S

    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.

  3. Uzma

    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?? 🙁

  4. Katriel

    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.

  5. Laure

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

    1. Jessica

      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’

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