Max and Eli Sussman are chefs at Roberta's and Mile End in Brooklyn, New York and the authors of "This is a Cookbook: Recipes For Real Life"
Grilled Meatball Sandwich
Who doesn't like a meatball sandwich? This is one of our favorites because it's so easy and comes out looking and tasting great every time. Instead of the classic Italian sandwich with red sauce we swap in pesto for a little freshness and color--it's oozy and hearty and warm and the flavor is awesome. But it's also a simple enough recipe that you could totally improvise with it--if you're not a huge ricotta fan you can leave that out or use melted provolone or pepper jack or swiss instead. And it scales up really well, so it's the perfect thing to make for a crowd. Just make sure to have a bunch of napkins handy!
Serve with: It's a pretty filling sandwich, so it's nice to pair it with something more delicate for a little contrast. Some great light winter sides are a warm corn soup or a salad of roasted root vegetables. Or for some coolness and crunch, you can't go wrong with cabbage slaw.
Pro Tip: Seasoned popcorn is our secret snacking weapon--it's the perfect treat to bring to a party because there are so many ways to make it and it's so inexpensive and easy to throw together. Max and I never ate a lot of it until I had a roommate who was obsessed with popcorn--that's when we realized it could be such an incredible delivery device for flavor. You can make it sweet, savory, spicy--just keep experimenting.