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.

 

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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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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

 

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’

  6. 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 to start our third season. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  7. Kim

    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!

    1. Shelly

      That is FANTASTIC! I wish we could have met! Your idea for these is so great…I wasn’t sure how to contact you, so I am SUPER glad you found me!!

  8. 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.

  9. Dawn

    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!

  10. 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?

  11. Mar

    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

  12. Megan Walsh

    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 to work with. Thank u thank u thank u!

  13. Nicole

    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!!!

  14. Kristen

    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?!

  15. Tracey

    Any suggestions on keeping them warm for a party or get together? Definitely making these and have some ideas so they don’t get cold while sitting out before eaten but would love some more input! 🙂

  16. Love this, I am going through my cookbooks looking for ideas for an open house. Thanks for the idea.. Since I make my own bread, I wonder if anyone has used their one bread for this

  17. Amazing! My boys loved them. I also made them one time with the pillsbury biscuits and just put a meatball in each one and baked. Very good! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe. Congrats on winning the BakeOff.

  18. Hi Shelly:)
    After discovering and pinning these Meatball Subs on a Stick on Pinterest a while back, I finally got around to making them for our National Meatball Day Round-up at my blog. They were a huge success at home and online. Thank you so much for sharing…Louise

  19. Melissa

    These look soo yummy! Plan to make them for my son’s birthday party next month as appetizers. (Want to try them out first so I don’t mess them up!) Only problem is I cannot find the Pillsbury breadsticks! 🙁 where did you buy yours? And what other alternative do you think would work if I can’t find them?

    Thanks!!

  20. Melissa

    Ok great! Thanks! Will be going to the grocery store this weekend, so will for sure look for it. I wonder if Pillsbury makes the pizza dough? I’ll check out the section and see. Wish they had the breadsticks :\

  21. laura

    Hi i was thinking of making this on friday and then reheating them on saturday afternoon. Dob you think it will still be good?

    1. Shelly

      Reheating bread is always tricky… the meat and the bread are going to heat at different speeds. You could always assemble them and then bake them right before you’re ready to serve them!

  22. Annieme

    I can’t agree with the comments regarding this recipe. Since there wasn’t a binder in the recipe (such as eggs), we couldn’t get the turkey meatballs to stick together. Once we put them on the skewers the meatballs fell apart and became a huge mess. They tasted good, but were a beating to make. Sorry, I won’t be making these again.

  23. Erika

    Just made these for my family and it was a win!! They were easy to make and came out just like the pictures. And they were delicious! I plan on making them for our next family gathering. Thanks!

  24. Kristine

    My whole family went nuts for these!! My pickiest eater went back for seconds and thirds! The only thing I’ll do differently next time is add a bit of salt to the meatball mixture. Thank you!!!

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