Original Grinder

By Todd      

November 28, 2015

This is the ultimate gooey tasty goodness for game day! I have to pay respect to the originator of this sandwich - Mario's of Kansas City, MO. You can find information at marioswestport.com. This was a favorite childhood sandwich for me, as my father would bring these home after a long day at work. Unfortunately, I have never found another location that makes these, so I learned how to make them on my own. This would be an Italian equivalent to the Pasty in the UP. On a football Sunday, it's hard to find a more satisfying sandwich.

  • Yields: 4 Servings


Meatballs: Mix together and form into 1" balls or use your favorite meatball recipe

1/2 lb. hamburger

1/2 lb. Italian sausage

dash of each fennel, Italian seasoning, Lawry's salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, granulated garlic

Sandwich Components

1 jar of favorite marinara or homemade spaghetti sauce

4 cups of Mozzarella cheese

Large crusty French loaf or Italian bread (~2 feet long)



1Brown your favorite meatballs (or substitute Italian sausage) in a pan

2Add marinara or homemade spaghetti sauce to meatballs

Making the Grinder

1The key is to hollow out the loaf of bread and fill it sauce, meat and cheese

2Cut loaf into 4, 6" sandwiches

3Then take a pairing knife and cut a cap out of one end. Save these cap ends for each sandwich.

4Using a knife or fork work to hollow out the bread leaving the opposite end in tact. Be careful to leave at least 1/4-1/2" of bread on the interior to provide extra support for the sandwich.

5Fill each sandwich by layering the marinara, meat and Mozzarella cheese and repeat this process until the sandwich is filled.

6Use the cap end that has been saved to seal the sandwich.

7Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

As I may have mentioned, great game day food paired with your favorite drink and a side salad.


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