Italian Meatball Hoagie Braids

Meatball sandwiches with a twist ooze with melted cheese, making them easy for kids to handle. Using Italian Square Meatballs (link) from your freezer gives you a head start!

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 35 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

2
cans (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
16
(1 1/2-inch) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs, (about 1 pound), thawed and cut in half
1
cup tomato-basil pasta sauce
1
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
1
egg, slightly beaten
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 2 cookie sheets with cooking spray. Separate dough into 8 rectangles. Place rectangles on cookie sheets. Firmly press perforations to seal.
  • 2 Place 4 meatball halves lengthwise down center of each rectangle. Top each with 2 tablespoons pasta sauce and 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese. Make cuts 1 inch apart on each side of filling, using sharp knife. Alternately cross strips over filling. Brush dough with beaten egg; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • 3 Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Expert Tips

Place any leftover pasta sauce in a covered freezer container; label and freeze up to two months. Thaw for the next time you make these delicious hoagies.

Turn up the heat! Add 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper to the pasta sauce for the spice lovers.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
450
(
Calories from Fat
230),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
25g
25%
(Saturated Fat
10g,
10%
Trans Fat
3 1/2g
3 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
95mg
95%;
Sodium
1040mg
1040%;
Total Carbohydrate
35g
35%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
22g
22%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.