Italian meatballs in naan cups are a quick and easy snack version of your favorite meatball sub. Naan flatbread is shaped into cups, baked, then filled with a meatball. Your favorite marinara sauce is spooned over the top, then it's sprinkled with peppers and provolone and baked until the whole thing is hot, gooey, and delicious! Unique appetizers that will disappear fast!
This blog post was sponsored by Stonefire but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
For this recipe you'll need: Stonefire Original Mini Naan, Italian meatballs (either frozen or your favorite meatball recipe), marinara sauce, provolone, chopped peppers, chopped onions, olive oil
Game day food should be easy to make so that you can spend time actually watching the game, right? Of course I'm right! Who wants to be locked away in the kitchen while the family is parked in front of the tv? These little Italian meatballs in naan cups are reminiscent of a meatball hoagie the way I remember them. The biggest difference is that these are bite (maybe two bite) sized snacks. The flavor is definitely there.
Naan is just starting to catch on around here. It's a flat bread that's softer than a pizza crust but thicker than a tortilla. When shaped and baked into these cups the edges get crunchy but the rest of it stays soft and chewy. You can even make the naan cups a day or so ahead of time to make your game day get-together even more effortless! Store them covered in the pantry until you're ready to make the Italian Meatball in naan cups.
There are a variety of Stonefire Naan sizes and flavors. The original size is great for pizza crusts, paninis, and various toppings. It comes in the original flavor, whole grain, and garlic. The mini naan is just right for making cups, individual sized pizzas and open faced sandwiches, and using with dips. It comes in the original flavor and the ancient grains flavor. No matter which you use your Game Day treats are sure to be unique, yummy, and super easy!
One package of the mini naan holds four breads. You'll need a package for every four appetizers and you can figure that most people will eat between two and four of them.
The bread is easier to fit in the muffin cups if you've warmed it in the microwave first. I just wrapped it in a damp towel and warmed it for about 30 seconds. You have to be gentle or you'll tear the bread but other than that it's pretty easy. These disappeared at my house. Even the kid that disdains my home cooking ate two or three of them!
You can find more recipes and ideas at the Stonefire Naan Website. You'll find Stonefire Naan at Publix, Ralphs, Ahold and Giant, as well as many other grocery stores around the country.
Keep It Relaxed
Entertaining is fun as long as you keep it easy. I remember once I was having a group of people over and I had a 3 month old baby plus 2 elementary age kiddos. There were fingerprints on the woodwork and the bathroom was awful. I literally worked for 4 hours getting the (small) bathroom in tip top shape. Sparkling clean, beautiful, and scented candle burning -- you know what I'm saying.
Do you know that NOT ONE person used the bathroom the entire evening? NOT ONE. Right then and there I decided life was too short to stress to that extent. Moral of the story - keep it casual and reasonable. When you are relaxed everyone will be having a good time and no one (except maybe your Mom or Mother-in-Law) cares about the fingerprints.
Game Day Quick Tips
- Make a plan for creating the food ahead of time and just assembling or warming the day of your party.
- Use quality convenience foods to save time. For example, get the peppers and onions already chopped in the produce department, use frozen meatballs unless you have some homemade ones in the freezer.
- There's a lot of cute stuff on Pinterest. The ideas are great but when it comes down to it people will eat off plain paper plates and plastic cups stacked on the counter just as quickly as they will a team color coordinated buffet with sushi made to look like footballs.
- Hire one of the kids to keep the chip bowl and ice chest replenished and to pick up random trash.
- Or hire one of the older kids or a babysitter to keep the under 10 crowd occupied with movies and games in another room.
- Buy Nerf balls for guests to throw at the TV when the frustration gets to be too much.
More Game Day Snacks!
Here are some more of my favorite game day snacks...
- Chicken Empanadas
- Spicy Baked Wings
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Beef Enchilada Dip
- Sausage Balls
- Apple Cheddar Cheese Ball
- Chicken Biscuits with Chipotle Honey Butter
Italian Meatballs in Naan Cups Recipe
If you make these Italian Meatballs in Naan Cups post it on Instagram and use hashtags #RestlessChipotle and #HelloNaan. I'd really like to see what you make.
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- 3 packages Stonefire Original Mini Naan, (12 mini naan breads)
- 12 meatballs, frozen or homemade
- 3/4 cup marinara sauce
- 3/4 cup shredded Provolone cheese
- 3/4 cup chopped mixed peppers and onions
- cups Olive oil for greasing
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Grease muffin cups generously with the olive oil.
- Wrap the naan in a damp paper towel.
- Warm the mini naan in the microwave until it it soft and pliable.
- Gently fit the naan into the greased muffin cups.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops are crispy and the cups hold their shape when removed from the muffin cups.
You may stop at this point and store the cups covered for a day or two.
- Thaw the meatballs if frozen.
- Heat the meatballs and the sauce separately.
- Carefully fit a meatball into a naan cup on a baking sheet.
- Spoon on about a tablespoon of marinara sauce.
- Sprinkle on a tablespoon of the pepper mixture.
- Add about a tablespoon of Provolone cheese.
- Bake until the cheese melts, about 5 to 10 minutes
- Serve hot.