Mangia Mia’s The Smasher Recipe

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Mangia Mia Food Truck

In 2011 just as South Florida’s Food Truck engines were warming up Mangia Mia showed up on the scene. The great folks (the late Patrick Murdock & his wife Kim) behind the original incarnation of the Mangia Mia Food Truck featured this irresistible sandwich called The Smasher, a smashed Meatball Sandwich on toasted Garlic Bread. Here’s your chance to recreate this beauty!

MARINARA SAUCE:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 ounces tomato paste (no-salt-added)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 14.5 ounces crushed tomatoes (no-salt-added)
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 bay leaf

SAUCE DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat a medium-sized saucepan over med-high heat.
  2. Pour the oil into the pan and swirl to coat the bottom.
  3. Cook the onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes until onion is soft, stirring occasionally.
  4. Whisk in tomato paste, parsley, sugar, Italian seasoning, basil, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
  5. Reduce heat to med-low and cook for 4 minutes, stirring often.
  6. Stir in remaining sauce ingredients.
  7. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

MEATBALLS:

  • 2.5 ounces Italian breadcrumbs
  • 7 cloves garlic, ground
  • 2/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper, ground
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ounce Ketchup
  • 1.5 pounds fresh ground beef (88/12)

MEATBALL DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for the ground beef.
  • Mix well, then add ground beef and mix again thoroughly.
  • Roll out mixture into 20 equal meatballs.
  • Cook in oven for 30 minutes.

Mangia Mia's The Smasher

THE SMASHER:

Makes approximately 4 servings

    • 1 large loaf garlic bread
    • Marinara Sauce (above)
    • 5 cups Mozzarella cheese, grated
    • 20 Meatballs (above)
    • 2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated

THE SMASHER DIRECTIONS:

  • Divide garlic bread into sandwich portions.
  • Toast one side of each half on the grill.
  • Spread a layer of marinara sauce on the toasted side of the bread, and then add ¼ of a cup of Mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Take two meatballs and smash them with a large spatula.
  • Place them on top of the Mozzarella cheese.
  • Add a little more marinara sauce on top of the meatball then add another ¼ cup of Mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the sandwich back on the grill and toast the un-toasted sides of the bread.
  • Remove from grill, sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top and serve.