Simple Meatball Cheese Sandwich


  • Sliced sourdough bread (available at Safeway)
  • Olive oil spray
  • Baby spinach (available at Costco) or basil sprigs
  • Cooked and flavored frozen meatballs (available at Costco)
  • Sliced roasted bell peppers (available at Target)
  • Shredded or sliced mozzarella cheese
  • Pizza or pasta sauce (available at Target)


  1. Put frozen meatballs in a microwave-safe container
  2. Put some pizza sauce on the frozen meatballs
  3. Put the meatball container in a microwave and cover with a splatter guard
  4. Defrost the meatballs using the microwave’s defrost setting
  5. Turn on panini grill to pre-heat
  6. Spray olive oil on both sides of panini grill plates
  7. Smear pizza sauce on both sides of the bread
  8. Add roasted bell peppers on one side of the bread
  9. Optionally add baby spinach or basil sprigs to one side of the bread
  10. Add cheese to one side of the bread
  11. When done, take meatballs out of microwave and lay them on one side of the bread
  12. Grill the panini sandwich
  13. Optional: heat some pizza sauce in a small bowl and dip the panini sandwich into it with before each bite