Meatball subs (Sandwiches) with spicy tomato relish
May 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
The first time I ever heard about a “Meatball Sub” was when I was about 14/15. I was watching one of my all-time favourite tv programs, FRIENDS and Joey bought a Meatball sub to eat in the back of a car. He was so infatuated with this meatball sub and didn’t even want Chandler to smell it as he was “stealing taste particles”. Any sandwich that makes a man complain about people stealing taste particles is a sandwich I want…now!
So over the weekend I had no idea what to serve for lunch and as I was strolling through the supermarket, saw the most delectable, fresh mini baguettes. Crusty on the outside and soft and doughy in the centre, (yes I broke one open, the bakery staff know me very well by know) I knew I wanted to create something around the bread. This however isn’t knew for me as I am in a complete sandwich/burger phase right now.
I grabbed a few of the rolls and set off to find something to put inside them. I thought of making Boerewors rolls with a spicy tomato relish, but then spotted the lean beef mince (ground beef) and as I’m also known for loving a good meatball, thought it would be a great way to make my own version of the famous meatball sub.
I wanted the meatballs to be succulent and juicy and so I used the same meatball recipe I used for last week’s 3-meat & ricotta meatballs except that I only used beef. For the relish I simply fried onions and garlic and added a tin of chopped tomatoes and flavourings and allowed to simmer until thick and reduced.
We were lucky to have a beautiful sunny and warm day on Sunday and so I served the Meatball subs, pool-side with some cold beers. Perfection!