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These Cheesesteak Meatballs Are a Tiny Winter Luxury

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If you love a good Philly cheesesteak, you’re going to want to try these wild meatballs. They combine all the flavors of that iconic sandwich with a rich garlic cheese sauce that makes a perfect topping for anything from pasta, mashed potatoes, rice, or even quinoa. It’s perfect for the middle of winter, when some people might find themselves wanting the savory, meaty, cheesy flavors of a cheesesteak sub in a hotter, heartier format than mere bread can offer. 

It might sound a bit out-there to suggest that a regular cheesesteak sandwich is not hearty or filling enough, but basically what the recipe does here is replace the sandwich bread with hot, creamy mashed potatoes or egg noodles. Quinoa or zucchini noodles are also an option, if you’re looking for something along those lines. Maybe even try garlic mashed potatoes. The sauce is full of garlic, so if you’re trying to scare away vampires, this is a pretty delicious way to do it. 

The secret to this recipe is an umami-laden sauce that’s full of cheese, garlic, mushrooms, and a hint of soy sauce. The mushrooms and a little bit of soy sauce really amp the savory flavors of this recipe up to an 11. If you’re going to adjust the recipe to your own tastes, don’t skip the soy sauce until you’ve tasted it as written at least once. 

And if you want to take these meatballs back to their sandwich roots, spoon them inside a baguette to make the meatball sub-Philly cheesesteak fusion the world has always needed. 

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