Easy Meatball Sandwich Recipe
Have you noticed how many a day you hear about meatball sandwiches? Lately, I have noticed that I am hearing about meatball sandwiches about 10 times a day. There are online ads, banner ads on buses, old tv shows that used to be popular on Thursday nights and even magazine recipes at the checkout line in the grocery stores have meatballs on the front cover
I took that as a sign that the universe is trying to tell me something! After messing around with some ingredients, I found out that I could indeed make a vegan version of of this classic comfort food. This recipe has nothing but fresh ingredients in it and I want to thank the universe for pushing me to make it.
I had a funny thing happen when I was photographing this recipe. My tv was on and a certain food channel was showing Giada. You will never believe what episode of Giada was airing at that time: “Meatball Madness”. I had a good laugh. Talk about a good sign, right?
Today’s recipe is all about Italy and fresh tomatoes. I just can’t resist those two things. Sure, I haven’t been to Italy but it is on my bucket list. I hear that there are tomatoes growing on trees as far as the eye can see and then some more! Someday, I must go see it for myself.
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Mezzetta has a whole new line of marinara sauces, pasta sauces and pizza sauce. My favorite Mezzetta marinara sauce is the Italian Plum Tomato because it has all natural ingredients: Tomatoes from San Marzano region, Extra virgin olive oil, fresh onions, sea salt, fresh garlic, black pepper, fresh basil and spices! It is like I made this sauce in my own kitchen.
Easy Meatball Sandwich For Vegans
1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bake one sweet potato in the oven. I have 5 important tips to baking the perfect sweet potato
2) Chop the following ingredients finely: 1/2 red bell pepper, 2 celery sticks, 1/4 of a red onion, 1 long carrot and 4 cloves of garlic
3) You can get cauliflower crumbles from the store, but, you can’t find them then chop about 6 cauliflower florets into very tiny pieces. These crumbles are very useful in making vegan Alfredo sauce too.
4) In a medium pan, add 2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil and heat at medium heat. After 30 seconds, add all the veggies to it. Add 1/2 cup of peas and mix gently
5) Add 1 tsp of dried oregano, dried parsley and dried basil. Add 1/4 tsp of dried Rosemary
6) Add 2 tsp of sea salt and 1 tsp of ground pepper and stir gently. I let it cook for 7-9 minutes until the veggies are soft
9) Let the veggies and the potato cool for a few minutes
10) Unwrap the sweet potato and remove the skin. Place the pulp in a large bowl
11) Add 1 cup of vegan panko breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup of flax seed meal.
12) Add the cooked veggies to the bowl. Add 1 tsp of freshly squeezed lime juice and 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
13) Add 1 Tbsp of Mezzetta Italian Plum Tomato sauce to the mixture.
13) Mix well. If you find that it is too soft, add 1 tsp of flax seed meal or panko breadcrumbs
14) Make small balls out of the mixture. I was able to make 22 but that is because I kept eating the mixture! You will probably get about 24-25 balls
15) Oil a baking tray and place the meatballs on the tray. Heat the meatballs in the oven for about 10 minutes or until they turn brown on the outside. My oven temp was set at 450 degrees.
16) Remove the meatballs from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes
18) Add the Mezzetta marinara sauce first. In my recipe, I added about 1/2 cup to the hoagie roll and then add 3 meatballs to each roll
19) Add about another 1/2 cup of the Mezzetta marinara sauce and place the sandwich in the oven for about 2 minutes
Then, remove from the oven and serve this easy meatball sandwich immediately