This takes meatball sandwiches to a whole new level! The flavors in these Asian Meatball and Avocado Flatbread Sandwiches are beyond delicious. Sweet and savory, with a side of healthy! Thanks to the California Avocados for helping me to share this recipe with you.
When I was a kid, my most requested birthday meal was spaghetti and meatballs (or meat sauce), specifically made from the recipes in my Disney cookbook. Lady and the Tramp spaghetti and Tinkerbell’s meat sauce, thank you very much.
The spaghetti and meatballs birthday request tradition carried on with my boys, though gradually morphed into rice with Baked Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs, which are also perfect (sans rice) on any hors d’oeuvres table. Just give your guests some toothpicks for stabbing and the meatballs will disappear in no time.
Knowing how much my family adores these meatballs, I wanted to give them new life in another recipe – in other words, another reason for my kids to say, “Mum, this is better than going out to restaurant. Well, except for sushi.” My meals will never hold a candle to sushi in their minds. I can’t say I blame them. Great sushi chefs deserve a special place in heaven.
These meatballs and flatbread sandwiches may not rival sushi, but they hold their own, with tender, Asian-spiced meatballs, creamy avocado and a sauce that’s good enough to drizzle on everything from meatballs and shrimp to chicken and pizza.
Since these are somewhat similar to banh mi sandwiches, grated carrots seemed like the logical choice to tuck into the flatbreads with the meatballs, but red bell pepper, daikon or even jicama (or a combination of multiple vegetables) would work well, too. Think color, crunch and freshness!
My fridge is regularly stocked with California avocados and it’s hard to resist including them in every recipe. They already took a starring role in the shrimp-stuffed cucumber boats that I posted earlier this week. Their creamy texture and mild flavor meld well with the meatballs and sweet hoisin sauce. As an added bonus, they provide a dose of healthy fats, which have been linked to reduced inflammation. Plus, they’re loaded with fiber, potassium and other vitamins and minerals. Healthy AND delicious. A wicked combination.
For the whole wheat flatbread, I used the small round ones found at Trader Joe’s (which is reflected in the nutritional information). If you don’t have access to a Trader Joe’s, any whole wheat flatbread, or even pocketless whole wheat pita bread, will do.
Other avocado recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Kicked-Up Avocado Margarita
Cookin’ Canuck’s Healthy Breakfast Burrito with Avocado & Chipotle Yogurt
Noble Pig’s Southwest Chicken, Avocado & Quinoa Lettuce Wraps
Souffle Bombay’s Eggs Benedict with Avocado, Sriracha Hollandaise & Avocado Cream
Average Betty’s California Avocado Oatmeal
Asian Meatball & Avocado Flatbread Sandwich Recipe
The flavors in these Asian Meatball and Avocado Flatbread Sandwiches are beyond delicious. Sweet and savory, with a side of healthy! 341 calories and 9 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
- 1 lb. lean (93%) ground turkey
- 1/2 small yellow onion, grated
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tsp grated ginger
- 3 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 tsp five spice powder
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c whole wheat breadcrumbs (more if needed)
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp water
- 1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 3/4 tsp chili garlic sauce
- 3/4 tsp sesame oil
- 4 small whole wheat flatbreads, such as Trader Joe's
- 3/4 California avocado, sliced
- 3/4 cup grated carrot
- 6 basil leaves, thinly sliced
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Thoroughly coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, stir together the ground turkey, grated onion, garlic, ginger, parsley, five spice powder, egg, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.
- Use a 2 tablespoon portion of the turkey mixture for each meatball and form the meatballs by rolling between the palms of your hands. If they are not sticking together properly, add more breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the correct texture is achieved.
- Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake until the meatballs are firm to the touch and almost cooked through, about 15 minutes.
- Brush the meatballs with 2 tablespoons of the sauce. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, water, rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce and sesame oil.
- Divide the meatballs, avocado, grated carrot, basil and remaining sauce evenly between the flatbreads. Serve.
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