This Meatball Parm Grilled Cheese is pretty much spaghetti and meatballs…in sandwich form!
I’ve always loved to read. As a young kid, my Mom said I would sit in my crib and read books for up to an hour before bed every night. (On a side note, Robbie has started doing this, and it’s amazing!) As I graduated to books with real pages, my Dad would sit and read Hardy Boys books to me every night. I loved that! I had to finish all of my homework first, but then my Dad would read a couple of chapters aloud to me before bed. By middle school, I was reading Stephen King’s The Shining…all 450 pages of it.
Then for a while there, all of my reading involved endless journal articles about higher ed policy. Let me tell ya…I was happy when the time came to retire those journal articles! Finding time to read has been a bit challenging with a toddler in the house, but I’ve made a pact to get back to reading more. After the holidays, I picked up a really interesting-looking book about secret societies and their influence on world history as we know it. After a couple of pages, I was afraid this was just some whackjob guy spouting off a crazy theory. But as I read on, he kinda started making sense. Plus, the book was a NY Times bestseller, so it had some street cred!
Bear with me on this one. As an example of how to think about history, the author points out the example of time. Time is defined by the movement of objects in space. That sounds scientific and dull, right? But it’s true. A day is the time it takes the world to make a full rotation on its axis. A year is the time it takes the world to travel around the sun. So if time is based on objects, how then was the world created in 7 days? Think about that one for a moment. Days are defined by objects moving in space…yet there were no objects initially. Interesting stuff, right? (On a side note, I’m not going into the whole religion argument here. Most religions rely at least partially on having faith in things that don’t make a lot of sense. We’ll leave that topic for another day.)
Ok. Phew. That was deep. But I also find it fascinating! I’m only part of the way into this book so far, but it’s fun to re-examine history from the point of view of secret societies. Stay tuned. Or pick up a copy and read it yourself!
Let’s move on to something a bit more lighthearted. Let’s chat for a hot minute about food…and more specifically about this Meatball Parm Grilled Cheese. I do love a good chicken parm, but I decided to put a twist on the classic here. We traded in the pasta for thick-cut Texas toast, and the chicken got switched to meatballs. I’d made a huge batch of meatballs as part of this recipe for spaghetti and meatballs, and those meatballs had been staring at me every time I opened the freezer. I decided to put them to work. I decided to make a Meatball Parm Grilled Cheese.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of those versatile recipes. You can make them as simple you’d like or as gourmet as you can imagine. You can go American cheese + butter, or you can go with a mixture of fancy cheeses and crazy toppings. At the end of the day, it’s melty cheese on buttered bread…and cheese is delicious! For this Meatball Parm Grilled Cheese, I started with Texas toast. I find Texas toast to be essential for grilled cheese. It’s a bit thicker, so it holds up well when you add extra ingredients. I also mixed some dried herbs and salt into the butter for the outside of the toast. Hint: Do this. Every grilled cheese you make from now until forever should include a pinch of dried herbs and kosher salt. Seriously!
Aside from the bread itself, this Meatball Parm Grilled Cheese includes delicious (precooked) meatballs as well as a bit of marinara sauce. Add in some melty cheese, and you’ve got one heck of a delicious comfort food meal! So grab yourself a good grilled cheese…perhaps while sitting back and pondering the interaction of space and time. Cheers, friends!
Meatball Parm Grilled Cheese
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
- 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
- ½ tsp Italian seasonings
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 4 slices Texas toast bread i.e. thick white bread
- 6 fully-cooked meatballs homemade or storebought, halved
- ½ cup marinara sauce
- ¾ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- Preheat large griddle or skillet over medium-low heat.
- Using a small bowl, combine butter, Parmesan, Italian seasonings and salt. Butter one side of each of the slices of bread.
- Place two slices of bread buttered-side down. Layer grated cheese, halved meatballs and marinara sauce on top of bread. Top with remaining two slices of bread buttered-side out.
- Place sandwiches in skillet and cook on medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes, or until bottom slice of bread is golden brown.
- Flip and continue cooking until other side is golden brown and cheese has completely melted.