Meatballs, I used to hate them. When I say hate I mean the mere sight of a meatball repulsed me. If a meatball covered in red sauce and jammed inside a roll ever crossed my path it made my body quiver in disgust. These repulsive feelings towards meatballs were to blame on grade school cafeteria food. Much like the story of Sloppy Joe’s, I previously shared, our history started off badly. Every time I saw someone order or eat meatballs covered in sauce it was pure torture. I would flash back to the cafeteria meatballs that the lunch ladies forced me to eat. During those years I was still learning English and I couldn’t explain to them that those “meat” balls tasted like ground cardboard swimming in bland tomato juice. I could never understand why anyone enjoyed putting those meatballs in their mouths.
For years after grade school and up until my early 20s meatballs were something I avoided like the plague. But that all changed when hubby cooked his special meatball sandwich for me. I admit there was huge hesitation on my part but I trusted my husband and agreed to try them. Hubby’s meatballs were tender, juicy and the sauce thick, tangy and sweet with a hint of spiciness. (Why does that all sound so perverted? Don’t laugh…Lol) I loved the meatball sub so much that for a month I requested it for dinner every week.
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Hubby’s Meatball Sub Sauce
240 g tomato paste
1 tsp oregano
1.5 tsp granulated garlic
1-2 tsp cayenne, adjust to taste
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
cooked meatballs, I like to make meatballs from scratch but you can also purchase ready made from the butcher.
Provolone cheese or Gorgonzola, any mild Italian Cheese
1. Cook the meatballs through, and drain off all excess fat from pan. Mix in all the sauce ingredients, stirring until well combined. Cover and allow to cook until the tomato paste thickens. Serve the meatballs in sub rolls or baguettes. Top with cheese slices and if desired place under broiler to melt the cheese. Serve with desired side dishes. We served ours with potato croquettes.
One day he taught me how to make them and now every once in a while I’ll make them for us. What I love about hubby’s recipe is that it is so fast and easy to prepare but you’d guess it took a long time. Don’t think that the tomato paste will give it a sweet taste, the addition of cayenne and garlic help balance it completely. Plus using the paste will result in shorter cooking times. This meal is perfect for nights when you don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking dinner, like movie night. We have movie night a few nights a week and this meal is on our movie night rotation. Which brings me to UnoTelly.
Last week we added a fantastic service to our movie night choices, UnoTelly. Because of UnoTelly we can now watch TV programs, and movies we previously didn’t have access to. You see since we live in Europe many of the online services you in the USA have access to, we in Europe are blocked from. (Two of those being Netflix and Hulu, major services for those of us that want to watch TV or movies on demand.) But now because of UnoTelly we can access Netflix, Hulu, TV shows, sport channels, music channels, and now I can also watch the Food Network – wohoo!
UnoTelly is a DNS-based system to allow people who live outside of the USA to watch Netflix and Hulu. UK expats can on the other hand enjoy British channels (BBC iPlayer, 4oD, iTV, Channel 5) they miss. The service is great because you can also connect your computer, smartphone, TV, xbox 360, WII, Android, iPad, AppleTV, Roku, and many other devices. We’ve connected all of our devices and so far I can say we love UnoTelly. I also really loved that I was able to connect all our devices by myself without having to ask for help, it was super easy. The low price and unlimited bandwidth is another fantastic thing about UnoTelly. The low price of UnoTelly combined with our Netflix membership cost was still much lower than our monthly cost of movie rentals and cinema tickets. Need I mention the whole convenience factor? Now we don’t have to work around other’s schedule, we choose when and how often to watch what we want-can’t beat that!
Please come back on Monday when I’ll have a very special UnoTelly offer for international Spicie Foodie readers. Have a great weekend everyone!
*The opinions are my own and based on my personal experience with UnoTelly services.