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Posted: 16 May 2008 04:44 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Well, people keep saying there should be one, so I figured it would be good to start a thread in which everyone can ask questions and share recipes.

Ok, my question.
Matt’s really keen on Subway’s meatball subs, and I was thinking about trying to make some at home. Those who read my blog already know that I’m currently out of work, and that I’m trying to stretch our food stores to avoid having to buy too many groceries.

Now, they say it’s marinara sauce on the sub, but Matt says it doesn’t taste quite like it - I know that it doesn’t have any seafoodyness in it, which is perfectly fine for marinara sauce - but he thinks it might be slightly spicy.

I’ve found this basic recipe, which sounds really nice, but what spice do you reckon I should be adding to it to give it a bit of a kick? I’m loath to put in chilli, since we both like chillis as part of the salad.

Any ideas?

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Posted: 16 May 2008 04:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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You could try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper, maybe.

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Posted: 16 May 2008 05:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yeah, I agree with Crafty. It sounds good. smile

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Posted: 16 May 2008 06:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Dave suggested some chipotle sauce.  Guess it depends on how spicy you want it.  smile

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Posted: 16 May 2008 06:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thanks, guys!
Hmm. I may well have to make a batch, split it, and try different things in each one - I was also thinking that maybe smoky paprika might work.

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Posted: 16 May 2008 06:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Boo - 16 May 2008 10:28 PM

Thanks, guys!
Hmm. I may well have to make a batch, split it, and try different things in each one - I was also thinking that maybe smoky paprika might work.

So, next time you come round you’re bringing stuff for meatball subs, then? wink

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Posted: 17 May 2008 08:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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You could up the amount of garlic, add some onions, and if you can find it, a nice squirt of anchovy paste, or mash a couple fillets and throw them in. That’s the traditional Italian way.

Adding thyme, as well as basil and oregano adds another layer of flavour in there, but don’t add too much or it will overwhelm the sauce.

The anchovies don’t make it fishy at all, if that’s a concern.

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Posted: 17 May 2008 10:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Anchovy paste rules.

Anchovy’s are the flavorful ingredient in Worchestershire sauce and WS is great with any kind of beef.

Anyway, here’s what I googled:

Subway Marinara Sauce

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Posted: 17 May 2008 10:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Oh, by the way, here’s a money saver.  If you only use flour occasionally, you know that you often go to use some only to find that life has found a way to flourish in your flour.  Keep it in the freezer, and this won’t happen.  Same with pasta or any grain or cereal.

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Posted: 17 May 2008 11:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Oh, we do have anchovy paste. That’s a good idea. Man, I love anchovies.

Thanks, Bebe! Seems that we might have imagined the spiciness.
Still, I might give the other recipes a go anyway - there’s no harm in experimentation, right?

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Posted: 18 May 2008 07:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Experimentation is…ahem…the spice of life, Boo! cheese

It sounds yummy.

let us know how it turns out! grin

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Posted: 19 May 2008 11:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I found out how to duplicate the chili’s southwestern eggrolls.  Eight dollars now for THREE eggrolls & a dollop of the dipping sauce!!!  I told Jason NO MORE.  So I found a way to make them instead.

Here is the exact measures I found, but I didn’t even come close to using them this way:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil /1 skinless, boneless chicken breast half /2 tablespoons minced green onion /2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper /1/3 cup frozen corn kernels /1/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained /2 tablespoons frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained /2 tablespoons diced jalapeno peppers /1/2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley /1/2 teaspoon ground cumin /1/2 teaspoon chili powder /1/3 teaspoon salt /1 pinch ground cayenne pepper /3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese /5 (6 inch) flour tortillas /1 quart oil for deep frying .

I used 2 chicken breasts, about a heaping handful of green onion, nearly a whole red pepper (cut off the top & bottom so it was easier to cut…that was the only part I didn’t use for this).  Probably closer to a half cup of corn…maybe a little more.  3/4 of a can of black beans, a heaping handful of spinach.  Maybe 3 tablespoons jalapeno.  I used parsley paste instead of fresh (I can buy it in the store for much cheaper than fresh leaves and it lasts MUCH longer), and I used probably about a tablespoon.  I didn’t measure the cumin, chili powder or salt.  I just shook until it looked right.  The salt I sprinkled lightly.  I’m not one much for it.  My father in law is allergic to cayenne, so I didn’t use it.  I used about a cup of cheese.  And the 6 inch tortillas were WAY too small.  I used 8 inch…and I used the ones that are already “made”.  But I think next time I will make them myself, b/c I can better seal the “roll” part.  I did deep fry them…but others have mentioned baking them instead.

Cook the chicken, dice it.  Onions & red peppers in a skillet with a little oil until tender (about 5 mins).  Put in the rest of the ingredients up to the cayenne pepper and cook all together for another 5 minutes or so.  Remove from heat, stir in cheese, it will start to melt.  If you’re using ready-made tortillas, microwave them a little so they get soft…roll up some filling & close with a toothpick.  The recipe I used then says you should put the eggrolls onto a covered dish into the freezer for 4 hours.  I didn’t do this.  I just started dropping them into the oil.  If you freeze the eggrolls they should cook for about 10 minutes in oil that is about 375 degrees.  If not…maybe 5 minutes or less to get them to about golden brown.  Drain, serve.

The dip that goes with it:
1/4 cup smashed fresh avocado (about half of an avocado)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1 dash dried dill weed
1 dash garlic powder
1 dash pepper

I of course, didn’t do that exact either.  Since my eggroll recipe made more than the original recipe called for…I changed this, too.  BUT, I just made sure my avocado, mayo, & sour cream were all the same amounts.  The rest of the stuff I think I did measure out like the recipe calls for…except for the herbs…I mixed & tasted.  You can garnish with onions & tomatoes.  Technically…this is “avocado ranch dip”.  I am not sure, though…if you could just add avocado to ranch dressing…but I am sure there is someone adventurous enough to try it.  smile  Let me know if it works!

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