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Vegan Meatball Sandwiches! If you love meatball sandwiches, then you’ve gotta try this vegan version.
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Hi friends! Happy Labor Day. What are your plans for today? Hope they include relaxing with your loved ones and something on the grill.
Popping in this morning to share with you this meatball sandwich, made with homemade chickpea meatballs. Tender, flavorful little balls that just beg to be covered in marinara sauce and tucked into toasted hoagie rolls.
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I’ve got a saying when it comes to vegetarian food- and that’s not to try to recreate meat items with veggie versions. When I’m feeding omnivore friends, I tend to stick with dishes that are unique in their own right; dishes that could naturally be vegetarian without feeling like anyone is ‘missing’ the meat. That list usually includes a yummy pasta, enchiladas, Indian or Thai cuisine, salads or grain bowls.
That mantra usually goes pretty far, especially when there’s nothing to compare it to. Nothing worse than hearing someone say, ‘it’s no _____, but it tastes OK.’ That’s all to say that these chickpea meatballs aren’t my grandmothers meatballs. If I expected that same taste, I’d probably be a little disappointed. That’s not to say they aren’t fantastic though, they just have a little different texture and feel than regular meatballs.
After making these a few weeks ago, I’ve already made two other batches, freezing one for when baby gets here and using the others in these sandwiches or chopped onto salads. I’ve got a feeling that these meatballs are perfect for little mouths as well. I’ve made a similar mini-meatball for my nieces and they go crazy for bite-size balls that they can dip into their favorite sauces.
A quick word on assembling these: if you simmer them in warm sauce for too long, they will break down and you will end up with chickpea mush. It’ll taste great, but the balls don’t hold their shape long in a sauce.
Therefore, I recommend making the meatballs and warming whatever sauce you want to use on the stove. If I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I might make my Sunday Red Sauce from my cookbook. If I’m feeling like I’m 9 months pregnant, then I’m using Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil jar sauce. It’s pretty good and only $1.99.
Right before you are ready to eat, dunk the meatballs into the sauce using a slotted spoon and tuck into toasted bread. I love the texture combo of toasted bread and warm sauce, but I suppose plain rolls bread could work as well. Then, cover in more sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. For my dairy-free friends, try my homemade vegan parm. It’s amazing and keeps for 6 months or so in the freezer. For my non-veg friends, regular parm works too.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Vegan Meatball Sandwiches! If you love meatball sandwiches, then you’ve gotta try this vegan version. Chickpea meatballs smothered in marinara sauce and homemade vegan parmesan. Meatballs freeze well!
Nut free? My niece’s school is nut-free so my sister made these without walnuts, subbing in 1/2 cup sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) instead of walnuts. I haven’t tried this version, but she makes it often and says it works beautifully!
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