Meatball Subs with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Meatball subs may seem a little heavy for the summer, but subbing fresh tomatoes and basil in for regular tomato sauce puts a lighter spin on it and uses up some of that summertime garden bounty.  Even as a former vegetarian, I really enjoy using the meat grinder.  Ground meat at the grocery store always grossed me out a bit.  It seems inevitable that you often end up with some gristle or a texture that is more like meat paste than ground meat.  Being able to grind your own not only lets you control the texture and quality but lets you customize your own blends with different cuts of meat from different types of animals.  And the freshness compared to store-bought ground meat is night and day.

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Beef Enchiladas with Flour Tortillas

 

As my children get older, I find myself appreciating meals where each element can be made ahead of time and even better, a meal that provides leftovers that are just as delicious rewarmed.  Flour tortillas have always been a go-to for me.  I would say that at least once per week we have something that utilizes a simple tortilla.  From breakfast burritos to steak fajitas, being able to make a large batch enables me to quickly throw something together and wrap a tortilla around it. Today I am not only giving you a great tortilla recipe, but also featuring the Meat Mincer Complete Package to create a rich and smooth enchilada sauce.  Not a traditional enchilada sauce, this recipe has elements of a mole giving it an earthy and smooth flavor.  I was tempted to call it a Molchilada!  It keeps beautifully in the refrigerator and can also be canned using a water bath method.

As I share my recipe for flour tortillas I also want to introduce you to one of my favorite kitchen tools.  The 10″ Flat Bread Maker by CucinaPro is one of those tools that makes my life easier.  I have the opportunity to use a lot of different pieces of kitchen equipment and normally I shy away from purchasing something that can only perform one task.  I seek out items that are multi-functional so that I feel I’m getting my money’s worth.  However, this item is one of those things that even though it can only perform one function, it does it so well and allows me to make something that my family loves, that I find it is worth every penny.

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Mushroom Walnut Burgers

In the bonus post for this month (subscribe to receive!) I was talking about all the great attachments that come with the Meat Mincer Complete package that have nothing to do with grinding meat or making sausages.  It got me thinking about ways to make this attachment appealing to someone that doesn’t eat a lot of meat, like me.  So then I was determined to make a vegetarian burger using the meat grinder.  Sacrilegious, I know.  But the former vegetarian in me got a laugh out of it.  Now, I have nothing against eating meat and use the grinder all the time for tasty burgers, meatballs, etc.  It is an awesome meat grinder, but it also makes a pretty fabulous mushroom burger too.

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