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These tender puppies make a great main course served just warm with a simple salad on a cool spring evening.  They also do well in a great sub roll with some melted provolone over the top and a pile of hot chilies over that.  The combo of turkey and sausage makes for a particularly piquant and satisfying flavor and texture in these odes to la mamma.”  Mario Batali, Molto Italiano

6 small (8 inch) hero rolls

olive oil

6 meatballs (polpette de tachino) and some of their tomato sauce, heated

12 slices provolone

sliced jarred hot Italian cherry peppers to taste



  1. Preheat the broiler. Split the rolls lengthwise, open them up and brush them lightly with olive oil.  Place on a baking sheet and broil until lightly colored.  Remove the roll tops and set them aside.
  1. Cut the meatballs in half, spread a layer of tomato sauce on each roll bottom and place 2 meatball halfs on top of the tomato sauce, cut side up. Drape 2 provolone slices over the meatballs, overlapping slightly.  Return to broiler and broil until provolone is melted and beginning to brown.
  1. Top the provolone with another layer of tomato sauce and then with a layer of hot peppers. Replace the roll tops, pressing down lightly to help the sandwich adhere. Slice through the center at a diagonal, and serve immediately.


adapted from Mario Batali, Molto Italiano

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