Jamie Oliver 30-minute Meatball Sandwich and Pickled Cabbage

 Meatball Sandwiches - Jamie OliverI had already decided on this Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals recipe and given Adriano the shopping list when I went online to see if there was a video of Jamie making this meal and found quite a turn up for the books. Jamie has been slammed for this recipe for the high fat levels in it. Double a Big Mac, if that’s possible. I’m not sure where it all is but it does have mince meat, cheese and bacon. The rest is all vegetables. So I cut out the cheese and reduced the bacon. The coleslaw with the purple cabbage was really good but I felt the sandwich was a bit dry though Adriano liked it just the way it was. I would still make a tomato sauce and add it for the moisture. This is the first Jamie meal that I didn’t completely enjoy. He also included a salad with salad leaves, tomatoes, avocados, basil and feta cheese – this was really good but then again I love most salads. I have put the original recipe below. Jamie says it serves 4 but we had only one ciabatta loaf and it was plenty.

This is not a low Fodmap recipe.

Jamie Oliver 30-minute Meatball Sandwich and Pickled Cabbage
  • 500g minced beef
  • 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • ½ a lemon
  • 1 egg
  • Handful fresh basil
  • Olive oil BUY HERE
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 2 ciabatta loaves
  • 4 slices Jarlsberg cheese BUY HERE
  • ½ red cabbage
  • 1 red onion
  • Small bunch of mint
  • ½ a lemon
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 fresh red chili
  1. Stick the oven on 160°C/320°F, and get a large frying pan on a medium heat.
  2. Roughly chop the basil and put into a bowl with the beef, mustard, zest of ½ lemon, 1 tbsp olive oil and the egg yolk. Season and mix.
  3. Add a splash of olive oil to the pan, then scrunch the meatball mixture together with your hands.
  4. Divide into 16 and roll into balls.
  5. Cook the meatballs for about 12 minutes, until browned all over.
  6. Slice the cabbage in a food processor, then add the red onion, chili and mint and chop all together.
  7. Tip into a large bowl with some olive oil, the lemon juice and seasoning. Toss together.
  8. Lay the bacon around the meatballs and pop into the oven, and on a different shelf put the loaves to warm through.
  9. After about 5 minutes get the bread out. Cut them open and drizzle with olive oil.
  10. Lay the cheese on. Scatter over some of the cabbage salad. Top with meatballs and the bacon.

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  1. Eha says

    I do have Jamie’s book, but have not used it awhile. This looks fab, but reading the ‘8 slices of bacon’ bit does take one aback! I think you made the right decisions altho’ it is a pity to go totally without cheese. Depends on the fat % of the mince also!!! Smaller portions as you said and more salad – still a tasty dish :) ! I think you said two salads actually . . .

    • says

      Yes, there were two salads. I didn’t write out the recipe for the second one because it was pretty basic but it was a nice accompaniment for the richness of the sandwich.

    • says

      I am always striving to get meals done in under 30 minutes. Not that I am always successful. The purple colour is beautiful and makes the dish so much more interesting than ordinary cabbage would have.

  2. says

    I love the use of red cabbage for this sandwich and it looks SO pretty! I love this 30 minute cooking – always attracted by how easy it sounds and delicious – especially you have really beautiful photo there. :-)

    • says

      Thanks, Nami. I love 30-minute cooking too and am still trying to whip it into shape but, as I said to Angela above, I am getting quicker and don’t muck around so much.

  3. says

    This looks so lovely (compared with a big mac) that it doesn’t look possible that it’s not good for you. Your pickled cabbage is beautiful and such a lovely vibrant colour. And served with a salad I would say it would be good for you. The fat content might be high but it surely has more fibre than a big mac. Anyway, how did you go for time? Was this achievable in 30 minutes? Sorry to hear it wasn’t as good as some of his other meals xx

    • says

      Oops, I forgot to put the time. It wasn’t too bad but at least 40 minutes. I think I have been getting much more efficient in the kitchen since starting Jamie’s meals and I use the food processor much more than before which shaves off quite a bit of time. Getting the mini processor has further sped up my cooking. I love my mini one. Practice makes perfect, I guess.

  4. says

    The book sounds good, you’ve shared really good recipes from it. Though I fear that it would take me longer than 30 minutes to prepare most meals. Thanks for sharing, my hubby loves meatball sandwiches.

    • says

      It ceratinly takes longer than 30 minutes to make his meals – sometimes way longer. But they are so tasty that it is worth it.


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