Savory Meatball Boats: A Delicious Twist on a Classic Favorite

Get ready to set sail on a culinary adventure with these delectable Meatball Boats! Bursting with savory flavors and ooey-gooey cheese, these hearty treats are sure to become a family favorite. Perfect for a cozy dinner at home or a fun gathering with friends, Meatball Boats are a creative twist on traditional meatballs that will leave everyone craving more.

Ingredients: For 4 servings, you will need:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped (plus 2 tablespoons for garnish)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Oil
  • 4 soft rolls
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, ¼ cup chopped parsley, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  2. Shape the ground beef mixture into golf ball-sized balls, ensuring they are compact and uniform in size.
  3. Heat a cast-iron pan or skillet with oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the meatballs and cook until browned on all sides. Transfer the cooked meatballs to a plate and set aside. Remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
  5. Place the soft rolls on a baking sheet. Using a knife, cut off the tops of the rolls and press down the inside to create a boat-like shape.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, minced garlic, and 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley. Brush the inside of each roll with the garlic butter mixture.
  7. Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted.
  8. Once the rolls are toasted, place two slices of mozzarella cheese in each roll, ensuring they cover the bottom.
  9. Spoon a generous amount of marinara sauce over the cheese in each roll.
  10. Arrange three cooked meatballs in each roll, on top of the marinara sauce.
  11. Spoon additional marinara sauce over the meatballs, ensuring they are well coated.
  12. Bake the Meatball Boats in the oven for 25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  13. Remove the Meatball Boats from the oven and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the top of each boat.
  14. Garnish with the remaining chopped parsley for a pop of color and freshness.
  15. Serve the Meatball Boats hot and enjoy the delicious combination of flavors and textures!

Conclusion: With their savory meatballs, gooey cheese, and zesty marinara sauce, these Meatball Boats are a culinary delight that’s sure to please. Whether enjoyed as a comforting dinner at home or served as a crowd-pleasing appetizer at your next gathering, these delicious treats are guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. So why wait? Set sail on a flavor-packed journey with Meatball Boats today!

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