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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Meatball Sub Cupcakes

Meatball Sub Cupcakes - cream cheese, frozen meatballs, marinara and mozzarella stuffed in crescent rolls and baked in a muffin pan - SO good!! Great for lunch, dinner or a party!

These Meatball Sub Cupcakes were inspired by the Chicken Parmesan Cupcakes I posted a few weeks ago. I took all the flavors of my favorite Meatball Sub Casserole and put them in these individual "cupcakes". We loved these! SO good.

I used 1 oz frozen Italian meatballs and they were the perfect size. There is no need to precook or thaw the frozen meatballs before baking. They will cook along with the crescent rolls. We ate these for dinner, but they would also be great for tailgating!

Meatball Sub Cupcakes - cream cheese, frozen meatballs, marinara and mozzarella stuffed in crescent rolls and baked in a muffin pan - SO good!! Great for lunch, dinner or a party!




Meatball Sub Cupcakes
12 cupcakes
(Printable Recipe)


  • 1 can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 12 (1oz) frozen meatballs
  • 1 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce

Preheat oven to 375. Spray 12 regular size muffin cups with cooking spray. Set aside.

Remove dough from can; press seams to seal and press into an 8x18 inch rectangle. Cut dough into 12 squares. Press squares into muffin pan cups.

Combine cream cheese, Italian seasoning and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.

Divide the cream cheese mixture in the bottom of each muffin cup. Place meatballs on top of cheese; top each meatball with 2 tablespoons spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.

Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.


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20 comments:

  1. Yummmm. These almost remind me of those little pizza bagel bites. They look super comforting. And easy! Win/win!

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  2. These are so fun! I can't wait to try them!

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  3. These look perfect for football watching! Pinning!

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  4. Made these for a party this weekend and they were great. I made my own meatballs on Wednesday cooked them for 15 min and then froze them. On Thursday I made my sauce. Friday morning I put everything together and cooked them. I let them cool completely and then put them in an air tight container and into the fridge. Got to the party early and put them in the oven on 170 to warm them back up. It only took 15 minutes to get them warm not Hot. There were about 40 people at the party, I made 8 dozen mini cupcakes which were perfect size, they were all gone. These were only an appetizer a full dinner was being served. I had more request for the recipe. The adults loved them, but the teens could not stop eating them. I think next time I may try and make them and freeze them before baking them off. Then take them out of the freezer and bake them. This is a go to recipe for sure. We did spend the night and the next morning I was asked if I could make more. Crazy Good.

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    1. Have you tried freezing them before baking? I am trying to make 'make ahead freezer meals' for my sister.

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    2. have you tried freezing these?

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    3. Eli - I'd bake them and then freeze them. I'm not sure how the refrigerated dough will bake after being frozen.

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  5. Loved this recipe, but 2 Tbsp. of spaghetti sauce on top was way too much. They were drowning in it. In your picture it looks like you used maybe 1/2-1 tsp. on top. My regular sized muffin tins also seemed way bigger than yours, maybe I'll try mini ones next time. Going to try them again tonight!

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  6. Do you thaw your frozen meatballs before baking?

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  7. I had a terrible time putting the crescent roll into the pans. After stretching it to an 8x10 size, it seemed the dough was too thin, and had to open another tube just to patch. See some other recipes use one triangle per cup. Will try that, because they were delicious!

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  8. Not 8 x 10, recipe says 8x8 ... Reread the recipe.

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    1. actually the recipe says 8x18 which is way wrong

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    3. Actually, the recipe says "8x18". Now who needs to "reread the recipe"??

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  9. I made this tonight as a "trial run" for an appetizer that I plan to make at an upcoming party. Since I want it to be appetizer sized, I made it in a mini muffin tin. One can of crescent rolls made 24 mini muffins. It was very good...the only change I will make for the party is to top them with Parmesan cheese instead of mozzarella. The mozzarella stuck to the pan and made the muffins stick together, making them messy. Also, I served it with warm spaghetti sauce on the side. Very good.

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    1. Love the idea of mini cupcakes! SO fun! Glad you enjoyed them.

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  10. Made these last night for game night and everyone loved them!! Easy to make which I also loved.

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