I had a very exciting experience earlier this week when a delicious delivery arrived at my office just in time for lunch. Inside a sturdy paper bag there was everything I needed to make a delicious meatball sub. But this wasn’t just any meatball sub; this was an OBE Organic sweet and spicy meatball sub.
Australia’s oldest and largest producer of organic beef, OBE Organic, has teamed up with Chef Christian Yang, the chef behind super excitingly named Bang Bang Pan Pan to create four delicious and healthy recipes for meatballs. PARKnSHOP are doing a Meatball Mania promotion from 21st September to 4th October, during which time these scrummy meatballs will be available for you to buy at the discounted price of $56.90 per packet and make yummy recipes at home.
I’ve never been to Bang Bang Pan Pan (although it has been on my list since I stumbled past it after the Sevens a couple of years ago), but if my meatball sub was anything to go by, then Chef Christian Yang is certainly a bit of a god.
Inside my bag was a cute glass Tupperware containing meatballs in their sweet and spicy sauce, branded with a label instructing me to microwave them (I was almost more excited about the Tupperware than its contents), a little box containing fresh Thai basil and fresh coriander, another little box containing pickled carrots and cucumber and last but not least, the softest, most delicious looking rustic baguette that at first sight I thought big enough to feed the 5000.
It was as easy as microwaving the meatballs, stuffing them inside the sub, sprinkling them with the fresh herbs and pickled veggies, and indulging in my incredible sub that definitely made all of my colleagues jealous. Having originally thought the sub was enormous, it was so delicious that I ended up eating (almost) all of it, completely ignoring my silly gluten intolerance.
Now I’m afraid I have a little bit of bad news for all of you readers…when you buy your meatballs they won’t be quite as easy to make into the perfect sub; they come frozen, without the sweet and spicy sauce. But the good news is that in their frozen, naked form, you can create whatever recipe you so wish, and as they have been pre-cooked, it’s as easy as defrosting them and warming them up, so even the most amateur cook can make them into a delicious meal!
The very easy recipe for the Sweet and Spicy OBE Organic Meatball Sub is here for you:
1 packet OBE Organic meatballs
1 rustic baguette (or your favourite bread. Gluten free works too of course)
1 handful fresh coriander and fresh Thai basil
For the spicy tomato sauce
1 tin organic tomatoes
½ brown onion, finely chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
2 stems lemongrass, bruised
1 lime, juiced
1.5 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp shiracca
Oil for cooking
Homemade Vietnamese pickles
1 carrot, cut into fine strands or grated
1 cucumber, peeled and cut into fine strands
100ml rice wine vinegar
4 tbsp caster sugar
4-5 tsp rock salt or 2 tsp fine salt
Mix the salt with the vegtables and allow the salt to extract water for 20-30 minutes. Wash three times. Add to the vinegar/sugar. (This will keep in a glass jar for up to 3 weeks.)
- Make the spicy tomato sauce by sweating the onions and garlic in oil on a medium-low heat. Once caramelised, add the tomatoes. Add all other ingredients except the shiracca and simmer with the lid on for 10 minutes. Add a pinch of sugar, a splash of fish sauce and shiracca to taste. (The sauce will keep in the fridge for up to a week)
- Defrost the meatballs and sear in a pan. Add the spicy tomato sauce and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Add the meatball filling to your favourite bread and garnish with the fresh herbs and pickles.
- Gorge and smile.
Other exciting recipes you can make are:
Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti and OBE Organic Meatballs
OBE Organic Meatballs in Pho
OBE Organic Kimchi and Lettuce Wrap
If any of these take your fancy then feel free to get in touch and I would be happy to send you the recipe. Otherwise, just experiment, have fun and create your own exciting meatball recipes!