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Tropical Smashed Meatball Sandwich
トロピカル崩し肉団子サンド

Even in Minnesota it is getting warm, and now I think it is okay to enjoy food that brings a tropical mood.

Last weekend my husband and I were planning to have a dinner outside on the patio with our neighbor friend, and I thought it would be fun to have a casual sandwich dinner.

First, I made buns.

I used this recipe as a base, and modified it.

These turned out great!

They are soft (but not too soft) and sweet (but not too sweet).

These buns were delicious as they were with my homemade vegan butter.

I had a hard time keeping myself from eating too much and getting full before dinner!

Homemade vegan meatballs were smashed and then covered with sweet spicy sauce, made with ketchup, Walkerswood Jerk paste, and Island Soyaki (Trader Joe’s).

A great combination of sweet, spicy, and tropical!

They were placed over Japanese Shiso basil leaves.

The coleslaw was made with Brussels sprouts, pineapple, toasted coconut flakes, and homemade vegan mayo.

This was a big hit.

A perfect meal for an outdoor casual dinner.

Our friend is not vegan, but she liked it too, and she ate two of them.

Love having a dinner guest who brings big appetite. 🙂

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