Thursday, October 23, 2008

VeganMofo: non-meatsieball subs (and sweet potato fries)!

can you believe that dan's never had a "meatball" sub before (even when he was an omni)?! poor guy! we decided that some serious non-meatball subs were in order....there's just something about a sub stuffed with savory "meatballs" that are smothered in a thick marinara sauce...mmmmmmmmm! these subs were excellent, indeed!

ya see those sub rolls there? we made 'em ourselves! we tried to shape them sort of like hoagie rolls so we could put a buuuunch of non-meatballs on 'em (and load on the marinara!). we had been a bit intimidated with the homemade bun idea, but not anymore - homemade rolls ROCK, and they're pretty darn easy to make!

the recipes for everything are below, but don't fret - it's not that bad if ya break it up a bit. since we do a lot of cooking on sundays, we roasted some tomatoes and then created a tasty marinara sauce for our subs, while the marinara sauce was simmering we started on the rolls. the non-meatsieballs (they're awesome!) took just a few minutes to whip up tuesday night (i made them while the pot pie pockets were baking). anyways, here's what we did for everything...

ingredients for the rolls (makes 2 large rolls or 4 small buns):
1 1/2 tsp sugar
2 tsp active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup warm rice milk (+ a few tbsp if needed)
1 tsp vegetable oil (we used grapeseed oil)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour

what you'll need:
- small mixing bowl
- large mixing bowl
- olive oil cooking spray
- cookie sheet

what'cha gotta do:
combine warm water, sugar, and yeast in the small mixing bowl. stir to dissolve the yeast & sugar and let this sit for about 5-10 minutes so the yeast can do its thing. in the large mixing bowl combine flours and salt. stir in the yeasty mix, warm rice milk, and oil - combine to form a dough. turn the dough out on to your counter and knead for a good 3 minutes. the dough should be kinda soft, but not sticky. spritz the dough with a little olive oil cooking spray, return the dough to the cleaned out bowl, cover with a damp kitchen towel and let this rise for about an hour or so. remove the risen dough from the mixing bowl and place on your counter top (flour counter top if needed). flatten the dough just a bit and then divide into 2 pieces (or 4 if you're make'n buns). flatten each piece out a bit into a rectangle (or circle for buns) and then fold the left and right sides towards the middle so they meet - pinch the edges together. now fold the top and bottom towards the center - pinch the edges together as well. shape a little with your hands if needed (to acquire a shape you're happy with) then spray the cookie sheet with a little olive oil cooking spray, set dough on the cookie sheet, cover rolls with a damp kitchen towel and let 'em rise for another 30 minutes. preheat oven to 400 and bake for 20 minutes. remove from oven & cool on a cooling rack.


ingredients for the marinara sauce (makes about 3 cups):
5 large tomatoes
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup white wine
20 leaves of fresh basil, finely chopped
2 tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
a pinch (or two) of sea salt
olive oil cooking spray

what you'll need:
- cookie sheet
- large skillet (we used our cast iron. w00t!)
- blender

what'cha gotta do:
spritz cookie sheet with a little olive oil cooking spray and places slices of tomatoes on. roast on 400 degrees for about 30-40 minutes. heat 1 tbsp olive oil in the large skillet over medium heat. add in garlic and saute until fragrant. add in white wine and cook for another 2 minutes (until it reduces a little). add in your roasted tomatoes - we kinda squished the slices with our hands over the skillet while adding them in, basil, and oregano. saute for 5 minutes, remove from heat and transfer to a blender. blend into a nice sauce, return sauce to skillet and start simmering! :) add in balsamic vinegar, onion powder, sugar, and sea salt - adjust seasonings to taste and allow this all to simmer for a good 30-40 minutes. taste again, adjust seasonings if needed, and remove from heat.


ingredients for the non-meatballs (makes 14 medium-sized):
1 cup dried tvp (textured vegetable protein)
2 cups water
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 not-beef bouillon cube
1 tbsp peanut butter (we use natural pb)
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried basil
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
1 tbsp liquid braggs
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 tbsp water
1 tsp olive oil

what you'll need:
- medium sauce pan + lid
- small skillet
- cookie sheet

what'cha gotta do:
add 2 cups water + 1/2 not-beef bouillon cube to the medium sauce pan. bring to a boil, add in tvp, cover with lid, and remove from heat. let this chill out for 10 minutes while you start on the onions & spices. mmmmmmmm! in the small skillet heat 1 tsp olive oil. brown onions and turn off the heat. add in peanut butter, spices, water, liquid braggs, and nooch. once the tvp is done drain off any excess water - then add your sauteed onion mix + whole wheat flour to the tvp. combine well. form balls (tee hee! sorry!) with hands and squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze 'em really hard so they don't fall apart in the oven. spray a cookie sheet with a little olive oil cooking spray. bake on 350 for 45 minutes - turning every 15 minutes so they brown up & cool more evenly. remove from heat, cool for a bit, and enjoy!

we served our non-meatballsubs with some baked sweet potato fries. w00t!

p.s. - sprinkling your non-meatball subs with a little "parmesan" makes them even more stellar! to make your own "parmesan" all you need to do is blend equal parts nutritional yeast & walnuts together into a fine powder using your food processor (or blender). yay!


Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Non-meatball subs! Wahoo! I haven't had a sub sandwich in a long time! I can't tell you if I've ever had a meatball sub either - even when I was an omni. I've had meatballs, but not a sub to my knowledge. This may have to change!

allularpunk said...

yes! my last attempt at these was a total failure (because the beanballs from vcon are not a hit in my house), so i will definitely be trying out YOUR meatball recipe. and aren't homemade buns fun? i made some out of just a bread recipe and they were all so big and fluffy and fantastic. and sweet potato fries! be still my heart!

aTxVegn said...

I like the small batch roll recipe. I'm sure Dan enjoyed his amazing looking first ever meatball sub!

Sal said...

oh i used to love a good meatball sub - i tried it when I was veggie with quorn swedish 'meat'balls but it was unspectacular - they look 100 times more awesome!

Vegannifer said...

Hooray for meatball subs! I love 'em! Have I ever mentioned how incredibly jealous I am that you get to spend all day Sunday cooking? That sounds like a perfect way to spend the day. And look how much awesome food you cook up!

Virginia said...

yum! as always!

mihl said...

Yesterday I was looking though Veganomicon and also thought that I never had a bean/meatball sub before. Funny coincidence. Thank you for including a recipe for the buns, too. Great idea to make a sandwich completely from scratch

Marni said...

This looks and sounds fab! I was planning on making neatball subs with our leftover autumn veggie neatballs a few days ago but The Husband ate them all before I got the chance. Ha! Guess I'll have to make more. Your baked sweet tater fries sound awesome, too.

VeggieGirl said...

Meatball subs! Yum! And.....SWEET POTATO FRIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My favorite :0)

Amy said...

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!!!! There is too much yumminess on your blog. Be careful, homemade bread baking is an addiction (like Tings or hummus). I am going to have to try roasting tomatoes before adding them to my sauces... Great idea!

Celine said...

the fries! they look so crisp-a-licious.
I've never had a meatball sub either. I must be the last one not to have had it, now!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

(I'm confused and sending this comment for the second time)
I have never had a meatball or meatlessball sub! ay ay! I'm not going to make my own buns for sure (too scared) but the meatlessballs...mmmm...

selina said...

oh wow! that sounds so good & the homemade rolls.... rockin awesome!! you can feed me any day.

Erin said...

I'd like to stuff your sandwich in my face. Or my face in the sandwich. It's been a looooong time since I had a meatball sandwich, way back before vegetarianism.

River said...

Jessy this is awesome! Mr. Wing-it asks me to make non-meatball subs every now and then, but I've never attempted to make them. Now I definitely will. Thanks for the recipe!!
PS: The word verification for this comment is "subcr". SUB! That's weird!

shellyfish said...

I too am one of those freaks who has never had a meatball sub - vegan or otherwise - in my entire life. They just seemed too freaking strange to me as a kid. That being said, yours looks pretty darn tasty woman!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Can you believe I've never had a meaball sub (faux or otherwise)? Sweet potato fries are the perfect accompaniement to just about anything in my opinion...

Bex said...

you had me at sweet potato fries. I love meatball subs