Thursday, November 17, 2016

Food Hussy Recipe: Meatball Sandwiches 3-Ways with IKEA

This post is sponsored by IKEA but all opinions are my own.

I am kind of a fan girl with IKEA - and I'm excited to be an IKEA Ambassador for the next year in partnership with the West Chester store here in Ohio! I'll be sharing recipes as well as fun finds from my favorite store!

We're starting off with what they're best known for - MEATBALLS! But the thing is - you don't just have to have these meatballs Swedish style! So I created three recipes for meatball sandwiches that are super quick, easy and - most importantly - delicious!

I started out with a frozen bag of IKEA meatballs (mottbullar) - they have three styles now: regular, chicken and veggie. I used the regular meatballs for all of these recipes. I also picked up a bag of the Ikea Soft Bread (Brod Mjukkaka) to use for the bread. I quickly became a fan of the bread too! 

If you're not familiar - they have a whole food market downstairs near the checkouts! The bread and meatballs are in the freezer section and are affordable at just $7.99-$8.99 for meatballs and $1.99 for the bread! 

#1 is the Meatball Parmesan sandwich - the ingredients are super simple - and likely already in your cupboard! Marinara, provolone cheese and Parmesan cheese.

I warmed up the bread in the microwave for just like 30 seconds and then topped it with the meatballs, marinara, provolone and Parmesan cheese.

Then popped it into the oven for 7-9 minutes and it's ready! Just enough time for the cheese to melt and the sauce to heat up.

Then - dig in! It was really good! I heated up all of the meatballs ahead of time - which can be done in the microwave or oven - then did the toppings. It was so simple and exactly the way I liked it!

#2 BBQ Meatballs! I grabbed an onion and some sauce from my friends at Historic BBQ and came up with sandwich #2!

This was super easy - I just carmelized some onion and then topped the sandwich with the onions and sauce. Now you could add cheese and broil but I just went simple.

#3 Greek Meatball Sandwich! This was my original idea after tasting the IKEA meatballs on their own - they reminded me of gyro meat so I grabbed Greek yogurt, tomato, cucumber and kalamata olives for this one. 

I made a quick Tzatziki sauce (Greek yogurt, dill, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper) - it is so easy to whip up and yummy too. I used the leftovers on some Greek chicken the next day. It'll keep for a few days in the fridge - so you've got time. Then I made a little topping bar for this one - onion, cucumber, tomato and olives.

 I can easily say the Greek was my favorite - I love the sauce and it was very similar to a gyro!

The meatballs from IKEA are such a great quick weeknight dinner option - you just heat them up in the oven or microwave and you're ready to go. I wanted to show you their versatility by bringing out three unique ways (other than the traditional Swedish) to meatball it up!

Also - for the rest of November every Monday is Meatball Madness at the restaurant - you get 8 meatballs and 2 sides for just $1.99! And a Kids Meal for 99 cents from 2pm-close!

You can find more food offers here’ http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/food/ 


1. Meatball Parmesan Sandwich

- IKEA meatballs
- IKEA soft bread
- jarred marinara
- provolone cheese
- shredded Parmesan cheese

* Heat meatballs per package instructions
* Preheat oven to broil
* Spray cookie sheet with light coat of cooking spray
* Layer bread with meatballs, marinara, provolone cheese and Parmesan 
* Broil until cheese is melted and starts to brown

2. BBQ Meatball Sandwich

- IKEA meatballs
- IKEA soft bread
- BBQ sauce
- onions, sliced and sliced

* Heat meatballs per package instructions
* Layer bread with meatballs, sauteed onion slices and BBQ sauce 

3. Greek Meatball Sandwich

- IKEA meatballs
- IKEA soft bread
- quick Tzatziki (see above)
- tomato, diced
- onion, diced
- cucumber diced

* Heat meatballs per package instructions
* Layer bread with meatballs, Tzatziki, tomato, onion and cucumber


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Food Hussy Restaurant Review: Double J Cafe - Goshen, OH

I'm always interested in finding local spots near my house - I've been to the Music Cafe which is super close a number of times - mainly for takeout - but it's a favorite of ours for sure. 

So when I drove the other way - towards Goshen - I was happy to come across the Double J Cafe. It's a cute little yellow building and they have a nice logo (I work in marketing - I notice those things) - so I wanted to stop by.

It took a few months for me to find the occasion and find them open - they're closed Sunday & Monday. Here's a shot of their Saturday breakfast menu - they also have lunch items. I was set on breakfast - my friend Dawn was set on lunch so it was perfect for us.

Dawn got pulled pork with macaroni & cheese. Unfortunately she said it really didn't have much flavor and she didn't care for it.

I went for breakfast - which requires many plates - first pancakes - they were fine.

Then I got a side of gravy - if there's sausage gravy - I have to try it. Unfortunately I didn't care for it. It was a bit gloppy and not creamy.

Then I got eggs, bacon and potatoes - these were fine - the bacon was great. The atmosphere is nice - it's very cute and clean and modern (Music Cafe is the opposite - old, dark and very dated).


Why Should You Go: Well - we enjoyed eating in the Double J - but we didn't really enjoy the food too much. :-(



Double J Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato