Indian-Style Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Another Thanksgiving under the belt. Another muffin top above it, I MEAN RIGHT CAN I GET A WHAT  . . . WHAT.

One line in and I’m already screaming at you.

I trust you all had a smashing holiday break! Get this, I closed my laptop on Wednesday afternoon and opened it y-e-s-t-e-r-d-a-y afternoon. Five entire days. 5. FIVE. Okay four if you’re only counting the actual days gone without looking at it and not including Wed morning and Sunday evening. But who cares. I feel refreshed, rejuvied, resmoothied, and I think it even made my hair look better.


In other words, it’s time for meatballs. But hawd awn hawd awn hawd awn, not just any meatballs, y’alls. (am I already wearing you out?) I accidentally stuffed these beefy babes with a back hoe of cilantro, mountains of freshly minced garlic and ginger, piles of panko, and gobs of garam masala.

BUT . . .

. . . that’s just the half of it.

What would happen if I told you the sauce has ground almonds in it? What would happen?

And what would you do if I told you it also has toasted whole cumin seeds in it? What then?


And what if I broke the news that it also has tomato sauce and heavy cream in it. How would you react?

And, and!, what would ensue if you imagined a toasty baguette stuffed with seasoned, seared meatballs and blanketed with a rich almondy tomato sauce, garnished with fresh, bright cilantro? I mean what?


Oh wait, I have a picture of it. You don’t have to imagine. Yay!

Okay now imagine eating it.

Indian-Style Meatball Sub Sandwiches:

What it took for 4 5-inch subs:

for the meatballs:

* 12 oz lean ground beef
* 1 Tbs. garam masala
* 1 Tbs. freshly minced ginger
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/3 cup freshly chopped cilantro
* 1/2 cup panko
* 1 pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

for the sauce:

* 1/2 cup almonds, lightly toasted
* 1 Tbs. cumin seeds,
* 1 (10-oz) can tomato sauce
* 1/4 cup heavy cream
* 1 pinch coarse salt

the rest:

* 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 10-inch french baguettes, sliced in half, and again lengthwise; lightly toasted
* extra cilantro for garnish

In a large bowl, combine the beef, garam masala, ginger, garlic, cilantro, panko, and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix well. Then form roughly 12 to 15 small meatballs. Place on a plate, cover and let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes, or over night, or whatever works for your life.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Arrange the meatballs in the pan and sear until browned on all sides and cooked through, about 10 minutes.

In the meantime, place the almonds in a food processor. Blitz until finely ground, 30 seconds.

Oh wait! While the almonds toast, place the cumin seeds in a small dry skillet and toast until fragrant, 2 minutes. Then add the cumin seeds to the food processor and pulse a few more times. Add the tomato sauce and process until smooth. Add the cream and process once again until smooth.

Transfer sauce to a small saucepan and simmer on low while the meatballs cook.

Place three meatballs on the bottom half of each baguette half. Drizzle with creamy tomato sauce, and garnish with more cilantro.

I double sub dare you.

Wait, what?

My suggestion would be yes.


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20 Responses to Indian-Style Meatball Sub Sandwiches

  1. marla November 26, 2012 at 7:55 am #
    Sign me up!! Meatball obsessed over here.
  2. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings November 26, 2012 at 8:12 am #
    that sauce looks amazing-- great take on a classic!
  3. DessertForTwo November 26, 2012 at 8:27 am #
    I missed you for 5 days!
  4. Heather @ Heather's Dish November 26, 2012 at 9:27 am #
    Why am I not eating 8 of these sandwiches RIGHT NOW?!
  5. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl November 26, 2012 at 10:55 am #
    I want to move in with you.
  6. Erin November 26, 2012 at 11:23 am #
    Yes, please. Get in my tummy now!
  7. Living The Sweet Life November 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm #
    OH MY WORD Shut up ... except don't because I love it!! And I'm sorry for saying shut up, that's not nice - -but holy yuuuummmm!!
  8. Amanda @ The Unfamiliar Kitchen November 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm #
    Yummm, its like a romesco sauce. Totally genius on a meatball hero.
  9. Katie @ Blonde Ambition November 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm #
    Probably my favorite smell ever is the smell of cumin seeds toasting in a pan. So. Good. Tucking this recipe away in my list of "things to make for boyfriend to soften the blow before I deliver him bad news"
  10. Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human. November 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm #
    Wholly cow! That looks really good. I want to try this soon. Thx.
  11. Julie @ Table for Two November 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm #
    this looks fantastic. i love the sauce that is slathered all over the meatball sandwich!! omggg
  12. Megan @ Country Cleaver November 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm #
    I love anything with a back hoe worth of cilantro - so naturally I would love these. Naturally.
  13. Laurie {Simply Scratch} November 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm #
    Open mouth, unhinge jaw and inhale. Awwww yeah bay-bee!
  14. Cassie | Bake Your Day November 27, 2012 at 9:12 am #
    This is so creative! I love garam masala. Perfect for meatball subs.
  15. Heather Christo November 27, 2012 at 9:36 am #
    This is an incredible sandwich. My husband would freak out- it is the best of a sub sandwich and Indian food- brilliant.
  16. Megan | Eats Daily November 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm #
    I just saw a link to your page from How Sweet It Is and I'm glad I decided to click over! So far I see great recipes! What's not to love? I am excited about this recipe - I want to try it asap.
  17. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 28, 2012 at 12:52 am #
    I'm actually not much of an indian food fan but I am totally on board with this! Plus, Jason is a huge Indian food fanatic so he will be over the moon when I make this for him!
  18. Ardex Sd P December 8, 2012 at 9:08 am #
    I am marrying an Indian man... I think this may help win over his family )


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