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.
Christmas is almost upon us and we have had a fun time testing out recipes for party friendly food this month. To round out the series, today we are featuring some tasty meatballs full of mouthwatering flavors. Meatballs are a great party food. You can make them in advance. You can freeze them for later use. They are perfectly bite-sized and the flavor possibilities are endless. And they are fun to eat!