Spicy Pork Po’ Boys

Oh my, you have GOT to try this sandwich!  I made these for dinner weeks ago and I still haven’t been able to stop thinking about how awesome they were.  Definitely more than just your average meatball sub.   This is a pretty quick dinner – just mix up the meatball mixture, cook on a grill pan and assemble the sandwiches.  That’s it!  I suppose technically the sandwiches I made were not true “po’ boys” because I used hoagie rolls rather than soft French baguettes, but I am not so concerned with authenticity when they taste this fantastic using what I had on hand.

I almost considered skipping the sauce that dresses these but decided to give it a try at least once.  I’m so glad I did, because I think that was an important part of the flavor.  We loved it!  I did omit the dill pickle from the sauce because I didn’t have any on hand, but I will try adding it next time.  These will most definitely become a frequent part of our dinner rotation – yum!

Spicy Pork Po’Boys
For the meatballs:
1 1/2 lbs. ground pork (I used closer to 1 lb. and got about 3 sandwiches out of it)
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce:
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 medium kosher dill pickles, finely chopped
1/2 small shallot, minced

For the sandwiches:
4 (8-inch) soft baguettes, split (or hoagie rolls)
Shredded iceberg lettuce
2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
Hot sauce

In a large bowl combine the ground pork and all of the spices for the meatballs.  Mix thoroughly using your hands until the mixture is well combined.  Form the pork into 12 half-inch thick patties.  Preheat a grill pan over medium to medium-high heat.  Grill the patties, turning once, about 8 minutes total, until cooked through.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the ingredients for the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Mix well and spread the sauce onto the split baguettes.

Place pork patties on each baguette and top with lettuce, tomato and a few splashes of hot sauce.  Close the sandwiches and serve. 

Source: adapted from Liz’s Cooking Blog

14 Responses

  1. What a cool spin on meatball sandwiches 🙂

  2. They look fantastic! We loved the sauce as well.

  3. It’s a great sign when you can’t forget the taste of a meal you made a few weeks ago! My husband will love these!

  4. These look great! Definitely something that my husband would love. I’ll have to try them out!

  5. I’ve never actually had a meatball sandwich before, but these are really making me think I need to try one!

  6. Looks just as good as my shirmp Po-Boy in New Orleans. Sooooo delicious!

  7. These sounds quick and delicious! I will definitely have to give them a try some night.

  8. Yum! I love these sandwiches!

  9. sooooo about to make this, i have kids and they can handle a bit of spice but is it a lot? maybe make two batches with less cayenne pepper?

    • Hi Sheree,
      I actually meant to mention this in my original post but after a 14-hour night shift, it slipped my mind 😉 These actually are really not that spicy at all, I think kids would tolerate them with no problems. It is similar to the spice in regular pre-spiced sausage, so I think it would be fine. Hope that helps!
      🙂 Annie

  10. I am definitely starring this one to try!

  11. Behind on my blog reading (darn those jobs that pay our bills!) and just seeing this. I am so putting this on our menu this week as I know my hub would love them.l

  12. I made these last night for dinner, Annie. They were awesome — I put the pickles in the sauce and it was yum. A great combination of hot, crunchy, cool, creamy.

    You are an incredible young woman!

  13. My hubbie had his eyes brighten when he tried these. He thinks they are fantastic, and I have to agree. Yum! Thanks for another winner! 🙂

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