Eyeball Sub

Eyeball Sub

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"Why order pizza on Halloween when you can whip up something spooky and satisfying? Apple butter, ketchup and soy sauce add flavor to protein-rich eyeballs (meatballs), formed from mashed cannellini beans and lean ground turkey. Before your children dig into bags of candy, offer them a healthful, nutritious and fun meal."
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30 m servings 359 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 359 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 12.4 g
  • 19%
  • Carbs:
  • 40.7g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 23.9 g
  • 48%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 66 mg
  • 22%
  • Sodium:
  • 999 mg
  • 40%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mash the beans with a fork, potato masher or food processor until completely smooth. Mix with egg, ketchup, apple butter and soy sauce. Mix the ground turkey using your hands until ingredients are evenly distributed. Wet your hands with cold water, form 24, 1-1/2-inch meatballs, and put them on 2 sheet pans leaving plenty of space in between.
  3. Push a green olive ring deeply into the center of each meatball, with the circular side facing up. Mold the meat around the olive into a football shape so that each meatball looks like an eye. Bake for 10 minutes until the meat is cooked through.
  4. While the eyeballs are cooking heat the tomato sauce in a saucepan until simmering, and keep warm.
  5. Remove eyeballs from the oven. Dab away any juice from the top with a paper towel and insert a piece of black olive into the hole in the center of each green olive, giving each eye a dark pupil.
  6. To serve: Spoon 1/4 cup sauce in each roll, top with 2 tablespoons cheese and insert 2 eyeballs side-by-side staring out from each roll.
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Pretty easy and a cute sandwich! : )

Very clever! I made these for Halloween this year. However, I used pimento stuffed olives for the eyeballs and the meatballs took on a very olive-y flavor. But my guests loved them. :)

I have been making different meals and treats to get into the holiday spirit and this one was a big hit. I tried the recipe for the meatballs here and the family asked me to make it again with m...

Cute and tasty. Plate at the last minute though as they tend to cool quickly.

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