• 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 yellow onions, divided, 3 and ½ sliced and ½ minced
  • 2 and ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 7 jalapeños, divided, 5 minced and 2 sliced
  • ½ cup parsley, minced
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 and ½ cups cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup cooked bacon, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 6 french rolls, partially sliced
  • 16 slices sharp cheddar
  1. Over medium heat, warm olive oil and butter in a sauté pan until butter melts. Add the sliced onions, gently folding to coat onions. You may need to turn heat down to medium-low to prevent the onions from browning too quickly or sticking.
  2. Once onions have begun to sweat, add ½ teaspoon salt, stirring occasionally. Add a splash of water if onions dry out too quickly. Once onions begin to break down, after about 20-30 minutes, turn heat to low and allow them to rest for a few minutes.
  3. As onions begin to brown, stir every few minutes to ensure even caramelization. Continue to stir and scrape the bottom of the pan as brown bits form. Once onions are an even, rich brown color, remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Combine ground turkey, panko breadcrumbs, eggs, minced onions, garlic, minced jalapeños, parsley, shredded cheese, 2 teaspoons salt, and pepper. Use a 1 and ½ inch scoop or large spoon to form meatballs (making sure mixture is well pressed into scoop). Arrange meatballs on parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees and are slightly golden brown.
  7. While meatballs are baking, combine cream cheese, bacon, and green onion until well folded.
  8. In a separate bowl, mix ranch, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, and hot sauce until well combined.
  9. Before you assemble sandwiches, move the oven rack to a lower-middle position and turn your broiler on low. Assemble subs by spreading the cream cheese and bacon mixture on both interior sides of the sub bun. Layer sliced cheddar onto bun. Add layer of caramelized onions. Place meatballs into sub.
  10. Arrange subs on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 4-7 minutes, or until cheese begins to melt.
  11. Top with sliced jalapeño and spicy ranch.
Recipe by Rachel Schultz at https://rachelschultz.com/2020/06/01/jalapeno-cheddar-meatball-subs/