Looking for a scary fun Halloween dinner? Look no further than these creepy "monster" sandwiches. The meatballs are simmered in spaghetti sauce and topped with olives that look just like little eyeballs peeking out from toasted rolls. Kids love this recipe and it's a breeze to make on a weeknight, calling for just five ingredients!
Using frozen precooked meatballs will help save on prep time, but you can certainly make your own from scratch. The meatball recipe should be simple, though you could add some sautéed veggies to the pasta sauce as a way to sneak in a little more nutrition into a fun recipe the kids will gobble right up.
- 24 frozen precooked meatballs
- 2 cups spaghetti or pasta sauce
- 12 mini whole wheat sandwich buns
- 3 tablespoons softened butter
- 24 pimento-stuffed olive slices
Gather the ingredients.
In a medium saucepan, combine the frozen meatballs with the spaghetti sauce. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring frequently. Cook until the meatballs are thawed and well heated, about 6 to 7 minutes. Stir the mixture frequently so it doesn't burn.
You may want to add a tablespoon or two of water toward the end of the cooking time if the pasta sauce starts sticking to the pan. When the meatballs are hot, remove the pan from the heat, cover, and set aside.
Cut the sandwich buns in half and spread softened butter on each side. Toast in a oven or under the broiler until the buns are light golden brown.
To assemble, place two meatballs, along with some of the sauce, on the bottom of each toasted bun. Top each meatball with a slice of olive, then put the tops of the buns on the meatballs at an angle. You can use a toothpick to hold the whole thing together if you'd like.
Serve immediately and remind the kids to remove the toothpicks before they dig in!
Glass Bakeware Warning
Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.