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Eyeball Subs

Add sliced pimiento-stuffed olives to the top of your meatballs and dinner will be looking at you. The sauce even makes it look bloody! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 12 small submarine sandwich buns, split
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 medium green peppers, julienned
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Sliced pimiento-stuffed olives


  • Hollow out bun bottoms, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Crumble 1-1/4 cups removed bread and place in a large bowl. Cover buns with plastic wrap; set aside.
  • Add the egg, milk, chopped onion, salt and pepper to the bread. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. In a large skillet, cook meatballs in 1 tablespoon oil for 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove with a slotted spoon; set aside.
  • Add remaining oil to the skillet; saute green peppers and sliced onion until tender. Remove with a slotted spoon; set aside.
  • Stir flour into skillet. Add chili sauce and water; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and mustard. Add meatballs, peppers and onion; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, warm rolls in a 325° oven for 8-10 minutes. Spoon two meatballs and sauce into each roll; replace tops and garnish with olive slices for eyes.

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