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One meatball sub, minus the cruelty, comin’ right up! Get these Walnut Bella “Meatball” Subs by Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes out of your dreams and into your mouth. 

Ingredients:

for the “meatballs”

  • 1 cup walnuts*   **For a nut-free version use pepitas (raw hulled pumpkin seeds)

  • 4oz baby bella mushrooms - cut in half

  • 1tsp all purpose savory seasoning

  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley

  • 4 medjool dates- pitted

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs (1 slice of bread)

  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax & 3tbsp warm water, mixed and set aside for 5 minutes)

For the veggie filling

  • ½ orange bell pepper sliced into strips

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes cut in half

  • ½ large shallot sliced

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • pinch of salt

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 400*

  • Finely grind the slice of bread into crumbs in a food processor - transfer crumbs to a small bowl & set aside.

  • In the food processor, finely ground 1 cup walnuts, half of the mushrooms, seasoning & parsley until well mixed. the mixture should be a bit moist from the walnuts. transfer mixture to a medium mixing bowl.

  • Add dates and remaining mushrooms to the processor until well ground. with a rubber spatula transfer date/mushroom mixture to the bowl with the walnut mixture. add bread crumbs, olive oil, salt and flax egg - mix well.

  • A heaping tablespoon at a time form a ball with the mixture - place on a parchment lined baking sheet. continue 12 times until all the mixture has been formed into balls.

  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until brown.

  • While the “meatballs” are baking - prep your veggies.

  • In a medium saute pan over medium/high heat - add oil, once oil is heated add veggies and saute. caramelized bits are good. towards the last 2-3 minutes of cooking, add the balsamic to de glaze the pan. continue to cook until balsamic is reduced to ½ - you are looking to create a glaze of balsamic on the veggies. remove from heat and set aside.

  • When you have about 2-3 minutes of cooking time left on the “meatballs” place 2 sub rolls cut side down on the upper rack of the oven.

  • Once the “meatballs” are done cooking, remove from the oven along with the sub rolls. allow the “meatballs” to cool for about 3 minutes.

  • Assemble the subs by placing half the veggie mixture into the roll, top with walnut bella “meatballs” and garnish with parsley

  • Leftover “meatballs” can be stored in an airtight container for up to week and reheated as needed or frozen on a cookie sheet and stored in a freezer bag for later use.

Recipe and photo credit to:

http://sundaymorningbananapancakes.yummly.com/2012/04/walnut-bella-meatball-subs.html