my contribution to the evening were mini-meatball subs. i made the meatballs and sauce at home and took sliced mozzarella and sliced sub rolls over. for homemade marinara, i follow a basic recipe like the oh-so-sexy giada's, but i usually add a dollop of honey to cut the acidity and some red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.
the meatball recipe is my own, but just like everyone else's . . .
1 pound ground chicken or turkey
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, roasted or sauteed in oil (anything to cut the sharpness), chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1/2 cup (approx) finely ground breadcrumbs
mix the above (hands are best) until ingredients bind together. pre-heat skillet on medium heat with minimal amounts of oil (olive or vegetable). at the same time, have marinara sauce simmering on low heat. roll meat mixture into balls and sear on all sides. place seared balls into marinara to finish cooking through. enjoy right away or later. these also freeze well.