Walnut Bella “Meatball” Subs

Ingredients:

For the meatballs

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 4oz baby bella mushrooms – cut in half
  • 1tsp all purpose savory seasoning
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 4 medjool dates- pitted
  • 1/2 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:

  • 1/2 orange bell pepper sliced into strips
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 large shallot sliced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 sub rolls toasted
  • parsley for garnish

Directions:

  • 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 1/2 – 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.

Source: Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

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