Kale Turkey Meatball Sub

Kale Turkey Meatball Sub

Who doesn’t like a good meatball sub?  It’s quick, it’s hearty, it’s sloppy, you get to eat it with your fingers.  It’s meat, cheese and tomato sauce – how can you go wrong? But with this one we’re going to mix it up a little bit and add some kale.  I’m kale obsessed right now, I have kale on my brain all the time.  All my recipes I want to make have kale involved somehow. We are planting 4 more kale plants so I have more kale in the Fall.  Kale insanity, 2013.

This meatball sub is based on my kale meatballs recipe which I first made last summer and fell in love with.  These meatballs are great over spaghetti, yummy grilled as a finger food on a stick, but they are delicious on a sub roll! 

(Don’t judge me, Crocs are great garden shoes.  Especially with ghost and cat add-ons.)

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Kale Turkey Meatball Sub
  1. 2 cups uncooked chopped fresh kale
  2. 1 pound ground turkey
  3. Pinch of dried rosemary, parsley, oregano, thyme
  4. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  5. 3 cloves garlic
  6. 1 egg
  7. 2 sub rolls
  8. shredded mozzarella cheese to cover
  9. tomato sauce to cover
  1. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan over medium high heat. Add kale and spices. Cook until your kale is wilted.
  2. Put kale mixture and garlic into a food processor to mince. Add your turkey and egg and pulse until it’s all combined.
  3. Form this mixture into 2 inch balls.
  4. Use your same pan (its already greased) and heat to medium high.
  5. Add your meatballs and cook until browned on all sides (make sure to flip them).
For the sub
  1. Cut your sub roll down the middle.
  2. Add meatballs on sub roll to fit.
  3. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Melt cheese in microwave or toaster oven if needed.
  4. Spoon tomato sauce on top.
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Here’s your kale and garlic after you used your food processor. Can you believe this is 2 cups of kale?  

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I like to roll them into 2 inch balls,  feel free to change sizes depending on your dish or sub roll.

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When browned on all sides, put the meatballs on your sub roll.  Be careful, these meatballs are hot, hot, hot!

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Then add your mozzarella cheese.   If it needs to be melted, throw it in the microwave for 30 seconds or in the toaster oven quickly.

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Then add your tomato sauce!  Use as much as you need!  We used homemade garden fresh tomato sauce that has chopped up green peppers in it, it’s my favorite! (recipe coming soon!)

I hope you enjoy your meatball sub!

Also something completely random about this post.  I cook alot at night (for dinner), around 9 or 10PM and it’s already dark out.  I always want to make dinner posts but the light is horrible and I don’t want my kitchen to turn into a photoshoot with light stands.   But while I was making these subs, I looked over at a surface next to our growing lights for our seedlings.  It was ok, the light seemed bright enough that I could handhold the camera, and voila!  Pictures happened!  I don’t think they are as pretty as natural light, but now I feel better about taking pictures of food at night.  Just wanted to tell you!

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