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Mexican Meatball Sub

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Parish Cafe has been a staple in Boston since 1992. I went to the original location on Boylston awhile back, but now I live near the Mass ave./Tremont location and my roommates and I will pop in occasionally when we are indecisive about dinner. Recently I tried the Mexican Meatball sub there and I honestly have to say that I was slightly disappointed. I mean don't get me wrong, the sandwich was great, but I guess I was just expecting something different. After all, one of my favorite chefs in Boston, Brian Poe, came up with this sandwich. This was weighing on my brain for a few days after eating the sandwich, until I finally decided to make my own version just the way I wanted.


Some tortilla chips add a different dimension to these meatballs.



For me, it's important to keep meatballs simple. Meat, garlic, an herb, breading, cheese and egg. If you follow this simple formula and don't skimp on the garlic, you can make any type of meatball you want!



My favorite way to cook meatballs is to broil them on both sides in a pan, then braise them in a sauce.





I wasnt sure how the avocado would go with this, but it came out fantastic! Crisp bread, creamy avocado, juicy meatballs.




Meatballs:
2 big handfulls of tortilla chips
3 slices of toast
about 6 cloves garlic
5 sprigs cilantro
heaping spoonful of sour cream
a few splashes of milk
Place above ingredients in food processor and blend to a smooth paste. Add more milk if you need to loosen it up a little.

1 lb beef
1 lb pork
1 lb turkey
1 egg
about a cup of crumbled queso blanco
¼ cup chipotle (puree)
Mix everything well and form meatballs. Broil for 7 minutes a side until browned nice and cooked through.

Sauce:
½ cup chipotle puree (the rest of the can from what you used in the meatballs)
1 28oz can diced tomato
½ an onion
2 cloves garlic
more cilantro
tablespoon of honey
teaspoon cumin
splash of vinegar
Saute the onion until soft, add the garlic cook 1 minute. Add the chipotle and cook another minute. Add the cumin and stir, then add everything else. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add the broiled meatballs and simmer another half hour.

Put the meatballs and some sauce on a nice sandwich roll and top with cheddar. Broil to crisp the bread and melt the cheese. Tuck some sliced avocado and cilantro into the sandwich and dig in!


4 Comments

Mmm, looks tasty. I've always been curious about Parish

Sounds great! A flavorful change from the usual meatball sub. (Love Parish Cafe!) Happy New Year!

Great fucking recipe. Just made it for din-din tonight. One notable tweak I made was caramelizing 2 tomatillos with the onions.

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