French Onion Meatball Subs

I’ve been wanting to make one of these for the longest time… and honestly they came to me through some very intense cravings haha. There was one day where I wanted both a meatball sub & French onion soup SO bad, but didn’t want to make both. I thought to myself, Yano what? Fuck it, let’s combine the two! And oh my fucking god the result was to DIE FOR. I’m so excited to finally be sharing this delicious and easy recipe with y’all!

I’m really excited to announce that this recipe is in collaboration with Follow Your Heart! They’re one of my favorite brands, and I’ve gotten so many requests to make more recipes using their products from y’all, since they’re so accessible across the US. The product I used in this recipe is their Smoked Gouda Style Slices. It’s so dang good and really sends this recipe over the top!

Here’s what you’ll need to make them!

  • Vegan Meatballs of your Choice
  • Follow Your Heart Smoked Gouda Cheese Slices
  • 2 sweet onions sliced into half moons
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Salt / pepper to taste
  • Oil for cooking
  • 3-4 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth
  • Hoagie Rolls

These are pretty standard ingredients & you should have most of the seasonings and such already in your kitchen if you have a relatively well stocked space! I used beyond meat to create my own meatballs, but there are so many brands of fresh / frozen pre made meatballs that you can make it way easier on yourself and use those! The gardein ones are to die for.

Here’s how to make them-

Add a decent amount of oil into a skillet and brown your vegan meatballs. Remove them from the pan & add a little more oil & your flour, and whisk to make a roux. Add in your vegetable broth slowly while whisking, then add your Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, soy sauce, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, salt / pepper to taste, and 3 sprigs of fresh thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until a thick-ish gravy forms. Add your meatballs back into the gravy to cook more.

Slice your onions into half moons, and add them into a skillet with some oil, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, salt to taste, and 3 sprigs of fresh thyme. Cook over medium heat until caramelized, stirring semi frequently.

Toast your hoagie rolls, and add in 2 slices of smoked gouda cheese. Add in some of your gravy covered meatballs, and top with your caramelized onions. Garnish with more fresh thyme if desired!

See I told you, I promise they’re sooooo easy to make & that you’ll fall in love instantly. 

But that’s it! Super easy, super delicious, and definitely something amazing to make for any special craving day (or really any day, let’s be honest). Once again, I just want to give a big thanks to Follow Your Heart for sponsoring this recipe and allowing me to share it with y’all! It’s truly delicious. As always, if you make this, make sure to tag me @plvntfood / #plvntfood and tag @followyourheart as well, so we can all see it! Love y’all with my cold little heart.

French Onion Meatball Subs

A hybrid between the classics- meatball subs & french onion soup? And they're fully vegan? Trust me, you'll want to make these ASAP!

Author PLVNTFOOD by Chef Brianna Gallo

Ingredients

  • Vegan Meatballs of your Choice
  • Follow Your Heart Smoked Gouda Cheese Slices
  • 2 sweet onions sliced into half moons
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Salt / pepper to taste
  • Oil for cooking
  • 3-4 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth
  • Hoagie Rolls

Instructions

  1. Add a decent amount of oil into a skillet and brown your vegan meatballs. Remove them from the pan & add a little more oil & your flour, and whisk to make a roux. Add in your vegetable broth slowly while whisking, then add your Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, soy sauce, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, salt / pepper to taste, and 3 sprigs of fresh thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until a thick-ish gravy forms. Add your meatballs back into the gravy to cook more.
  2. Slice your onions into half moons, and add them into a skillet with some oil, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, salt to taste, and 3 sprigs of fresh thyme. Cook over medium heat until caramelized, stirring semi frequently.
  3. Toast your hoagie rolls, and add in 2 slices of smoked gouda cheese. Add in some of your gravy covered meatballs, and top with your caramelized onions. Garnish with more fresh thyme if desired!

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