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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  1. ashley - baker by nature

    This sub looks sensational, lady love!!!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Ashley! Yummy subby love!

  2. Francine

    Yummmm. Also, I have the exact same crocs. I use them as gardening shoes too! As well as beach shoes, boating shoes, kayaking shoes, horseshoe crab tagging shoes, or anything else involving dirt and/or water.

    • Pamela

      Don’t tell anyone but sometimes I wear them to the pharmacy a few blocks away. ;) To be honest, I also have another pair of Crocs which are aqua color but they are more flat looking, and I wear them so many places. Who knew, Crocs, cute shoe maker!

  3. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

    What a great healthy version! It looks amazing! Pinning!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Cathy! I hope you like them!

  4. Jamie G

    It seems I always add some type of green to my turkey burgers/meatballs. It really helps keep them from drying out.

    I’m glad you disclosed your shoes are Crocs. They aren’t so bad. Much better than the Mario Batali bright orange old school ones. I have a pair of Crocs wedges that I get tons of compliments on. :)

    • Pamela

      Crocs! Don’t get me wrong, some aren’t so cute, but some are ok! I was just saying in a comment up above I have these aqua flat ones and friends ask me where they’re from and I tell them they’re Crocs. They have no idea what to say, they’re shocked! I think I know the wedge ones you mean, cuuuuute!

  5. Monica

    Now that’s a sub! I was watching The Chew last night (DVR) and the theme was street food. Your sandwich makes me think of the best kind of street fair food. I can imagine myself walking in the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy enjoying a sub. In my daydream, it wouldn’t be 95 degrees though. ; )

    • Pamela

      Maybe we can create a air conditioned street fair, now that would be something magical. :) Hopefully it won’t be as hot this year! Thanks Monica!

  6. Jaclyn

    I’m saving this recipe! Healthy and delicious sounding…and the pictures look really good for not being in natural sunlight!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Jaclyn! That makes me feel better! :)

  7. Holy mouthwatering! These look amazing, Pamela. I love that you snuck in some super-healthy kale, too!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Georgia, I’m all about sneaking in some healthy greens!

  8. Kelly

    I am kale obsessed too and I love that you put kale into these meatballs. The sub looks phenomenal with the oozy cheese – holy yum!! Pinned!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Kelly! Meatball subs always need some oozy cheese on top… mmm!

  9. Debra

    I just pulled the last of our kale out of the garden because it had bolted and gone to seed. I am ready for fall so I can have some kale (and these meatballs)!!!

    • Pamela

      I hear you Debra, good luck with your Fall kale! Planting 4 more kale plants so we’ll have 8..I can’t get enough of it!

  10. amy @ fearless homemaker

    YUM! I love meatball subs (in fact, that’s what we’re having for dinner tonight) + your version with turkey + kale look SO good … and better for you than most meatball recipes, too!

    • Pamela

      MMMMM, enjoy your dinner Amy!

  11. Suzanne

    Love the addition of kale to the meatballs. Next time I make meatballs the kale is going in. Great recipe and the sub looks so wonderful.

    • Pamela

      Enjoy Suzanne, thanks for stopping by!

  12. Pam (Sidewalk Shoes)

    I love your garden crocs! I didn’t even realize they were crocs until you said so. These meatballs sound lovely, I hope my CSA gives me some kale!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Pam! I sure you hope you get some kale too!

  13. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Holy moly, that looks AMAZING! I just want to sink my teeth into that. Love the addition of kale here. Super healthy! Love the turkey here too. Great post Pamela. :)

    • Pamela

      Thanks Anne!

  14. Katie

    Simple and tasty and easy – that’s my kind of recipe. I was just out in my garden looking at the kale this morning and trying to come up with a new way to use it. I love it, but I tend to do the same things with it – stir fries and kale chips with the occasional raw massaged salad thrown in.

    Do you think these would freeze well? I think I have some ground turkey in the freezer and I KNOW I have some kale that needs to be harvested.

    • Pamela

      Absolutely, I think they would freeze well! Pick that kale girl!

      • Katie

        Oh and no shame about the crocs. I have two pair. Just bought some Croc flops, in hot pink naturally. ;)

        • Pamela

          Ooooo nice, work them.

  15. Julie @ Table for Two

    I love that you added kale to the meatballs, YUM!!

    • Pamela

      Thanks for stopping by Julie!

  16. Hey girl! From one kale obsessed person to another, these meatball subs look amazing! I think it’s totally funny how kale reduces down so much in size. I can massage 3 heads of kale down into nothing. I think that is why people can eat a whole head of kale on one sitting without any problem. We often use our leftover meatballs and make meatball subs. The kids LOVE them. I mean what’s not to love, you have your melted cheese, meatballs, tomato sauce and your toasted carb. Yum! It’s better than pizza!
    I have tons of dinner recipes on my blog and come wintertime, I have to rely on artificial lighting. It’s not perfect, but I don’t want to waste food and make meals during the day just for the light, when no one is going to eat them. I don’t want to serve my family re-heated food either. I think your photos turned out great with the artificial light source. Ok, off to be for me! Have a great night girl! xoxo, Jackie

    • Pamela

      Agreed, I love a good meatball sub, and throw in some greens and you have a perfectly balanced meal! :) Thanks for your nice words, hope you’re having a great day!

  17. carrian

    when can I come over? ;)

    • Pamela

      Anytime you’d like! :)

  18. Miss Messy

    Wow what brilliant presentation on these. they look fab

    • Pamela

      Thank you! :)

  19. Pam

    Love this! I too am always looking for recipes that I can add kale too. These subs look tempting and delicious.

    • Pamela

      Thanks Pam, I hope you try them.. let me know if you do! :)

  20. Nancy/SpicieFoodie

    Oh yum!! What a fantastic and healthy recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.:)

    • Pamela

      Thanks Nancy, it’s a great and yummy way to use kale.

  21. Bam's Kitchen

    I love that picture of you with your garden shoes, too cute. This sounds like such a fun and a little healthier version of the much loved meatball sandwich. I think your photos look amazing almost like good daylight. I have the same issue we have such bad lighting as we have so many overcast days here in Hong Kong. Looking forward to keeping in touch. Take care, BAM

    • Pamela

      Thanks for stopping by Bam! This sandwich is one of my favorites of the moment, craving it for dinner tonight. :)

  22. Your meatballs look so delicious with all that kale in them! Never thought to add kale to meatballs. Must try!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Christin, I hope you give these subs a try, they are yummy! Let me know how you like them.

  23. Without knowing that you had posted this recipe, I also made turkey and kale meatballs a few weeks ago!!! I guess, “great” minds think alike!

    • Pamela

      That made me smile Jen, great kale minds!

  24. gotasté

    You are making me really hungry. I need to make this. Can’t get kale over here though….

  25. laurasmess

    Oh my. These look absolutely delicious! I love meatballs. I haven’t made them for ages, for some unknown reason. Love the look of your gorgeous tomato sauce also. I made my own tomato passata a couple of weeks ago too. So much better than shop bought! Thanks for this beautiful post (I still respect you, despite the crocs!) xxx

    • Pamela

      Thank you Laura, I hope you have a meatball sub soon! And I appreciate that you can see past the crocs ;)

  26. I really like this sandwich. I like the addition of the kale.

    • Pamela

      Thanks for stopping by Peter!

  27. Such a fantastic idea! Kale meatballs! I’m impressed. These look delicious!

    • Pamela

      Thanks so much Mary Frances!

  28. Sophie33

    I also made these lovely balls & pushed them in a great ciabatta & I adored these!!

    They were superb, amazing & wonderfully easy to make too! :) xxx

    • Pamela

      MMMM, a ciabatta sounds great! Glad you liked them! I could go for a meatball sub again very soon myself.. :)

  29. OH MY! This is making me so hungry!! I loved the healthy kale in this tempting sub…yum!

    • Pamela

      Anyway I can try to add kale, I will! Enjoy! :)

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