Warm and toasty meatball sandwiches make a satisfying meal for lunch or dinner.

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Finely chop one of the onions. Cut the other onion into thin wedges. Set both aside. For meatballs, in a very large bowl combine finely chopped onion, mushrooms, egg, bread crumbs, black pepper and salt. Add ground turkey and ham; mix well.

  • Using slightly wet hands to prevent sticking, shape mixture into thirty 2-inch meatballs. Coat a very large unheated nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Cook meatballs, 15 at a time, in hot skillet until evenly browned, turning occasionally.

  • In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker combine onion wedges, pepper quarters, and diced tomatoes (see Tip). Place meatballs on top. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

  • Remove meatballs from cooker with a slotted spoon; keep warm. Using the slotted spoon, transfer onion wedges, pepper quarters and diced tomatoes to a blender or food processor; discard remaining cooking liquid in cooker. Cover and blend or process pepper mixture until smooth.

  • Preheat broiler. Place bread portions, cut sides up, on a large baking sheet. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly toasted.

  • Arrange meatballs on bottom halves of bread portions. Top with sauce and a half slice of cheese. Remove remaining bread tops from the pan. Broil sandwiches for 30 to 60 seconds or until cheese is melted. Top with bread tops and serve warm.


Tips: After removing bread centers, the remaining sandwich portions should be 2-ounces each. Reserve bread centers to use as soft bread crumbs in other recipes.

For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker, and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts

342 calories; protein 34g 68% DV; carbohydrates 34g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 4g 16% DV; sugars 6g; fat 7g 11% DV; saturated fat 2g 10% DV; cholesterol 58mg 19% DV; vitamin a iu -1IU; vitamin c -1mg -2% DV; folate -1mcg; calcium -1mg; iron -1mg -6% DV; magnesium -1mg; potassium -1mg; sodium 546mg 22% DV.