Saturday, January 23, 2016

Veggie Ball Sub

Jim and I were watching a Food Network show and the host was at Marabella Meatball Co. in Philadelphia. They make veggie ball subs! This had us salivating. This restaurant is kind enough to share their recipe here

Unfortunately when writing this blog post, I discovered that their business had closed. I don't think it had to do with their recipes though!
We were very impressed with their deliciousness. 

The following ingredients get combined:

1/2 cup breadcrumbs
4 eggs
1/8 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/8 cup chickpeas rinsed and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts roughly chopped 
1 tablespoon of golden raisins roughly chopped (we left these out since I was skeptical) 
1 teaspoon chopped garlic (we left this out as well because of my tummy)
1 teaspoon fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 bunch broccoli crowns cooked, cooled and roughly chopped
1/4 head cauliflower cooked, cooled and roughly chopped

Once the ingredients are mixed together well, refrigerate for 15 minutes. 

Preheat oven at 400 F. 

Scoop and roll out mixture into 2.5 ounce balls. Ours were about 1.5 inches wide.  
Place on a greased baking sheet. I just put them on a sheet with parchment paper (no greasing) and that worked well. Bake for 30 minutes until golden.
Ok, we didn't use rolls but rather toasted sandwich bread. Then topped them with red sauce and provolone cheese. They are fantastic with just cheese too.
The host's comment was that they tasted like meat. Jim thought the same thing. It has been over 20 years since I've eaten meat so I can't quite comment on that (man I'm getting old!). 

Anyway they are full of tastiness! Next time we are going to form this recipe into patties for burgers. I bet they will freeze well at a fraction of the cost of veggie burgers!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great week! ~Val


  1. Well, they certainly LOOK good! I like how they're shaped like falafel.

  2. Looks interesting. I wonder how freezing them would turn out, because it seems like quite a batch!

  3. hmmmmm, I love meatball subs, but I don't see how veggies could possibly taste like meat. lol

  4. Looks and sounds amazing! I love meatball subs and would enjoy trying a veggie one :) Thanks for sharing, Val. Hugs!

  5. Great recipe! I have to try these! I like that they are baked, not fried :)
    I can imagine them combined with pasta too!

  6. I'm going to try this. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Yummy, looks delicious! I might try it as well. I am having a big trouble to feed myself properly with any kind of food recently.
    I don't eat meat neither, not because I am vegan but I never like it :)
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday!

  8. Well the pictures look good and it looks easy. Lately I've been trying new recipes to see if the family likes them I will love to give this one a try so I will pin it :)

  9. Oh my goodness, Val, these look delicious.
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe here.
    You can bet, I will be making these.

  10. Those look so good! I like that they taste like meat...maybe something I can sneak by Jesse :)

  11. wow that looks really tasty! I would totally go for this! thanks for sharing

  12. Val, these look so good! It's too bad they are out of business! You old? I am ancient then! LOL! Hugs!

  13. So yummmy, I am so trying this one! Thanks for sharing:)

  14. This is truly wonderful dear!

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  15. I do eat meat but these "meat" balls do look really tasty in that bun with the melted cheese :D

  16. Val, those look delicious! I'm saving this recipe. I really think I would enjoy these.

  17. This looks aaaamazing! Thanks for sharing, gonna have to try a variation soon!

  18. Wow delicious!!!!
    Have a nice day, dear Val!!!:)))

    Besos, desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥


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