Here’s looking at you! Eyeball meatball sandwich from BBQ Bob Trudnak | BBQ Guru.  French rolls are crusty on the outside, with an elegant crumb on the inside. They can be round dinner rolls, oblong or square sandwich rolls; the artisan versions have a dusting of flour. They’re easy to make at home with this recipe from DineAndDish.net.
You don’t need a grill to make these captivating eyeball meatball sandwiches from “BBQ Bob” Trudnak.
We made them in a skillet on the stove top. Everyone—children and adults alike—wanted more.
We love nouvelle surf and turf ideas of any kind. So to this recipe from “BBQ Bob” Trudnak, we added some “gourmet” flavor lists:
2 pounds ground meatloaf mix (veal, pork, beef) or your preferred blend
1/2 cup of grated romano or parmesan cheese
1½ cups Italian bread crumbs
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon Dried basil
¾ cup cold water
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
Sliced black olives
Deli-sliced provolone cheese
Fresh short Italian rolls or substitute (we used the crisper French rolls)
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups marinara sauce
Optional: anchovies, fresh herbs, arugula, roasted red peppers
Optional: salad or crudités
Optional: beer for the adults, soft drinks for the kids
1. HEAT the grill to 300°F direct; or for stovetop cooking, heat a skillet when ready to cook the meatballs.
2. MIX the ground meat, eggs, bread crumbs, herbs, spices and water by hand in a bowl until well blended. Add ¼ cup of grated cheese and mix once more. Divide into 8 equal portions and oll the meatballs to the size of golf balls and set aside on wax paper.
3. SET the meatballs in the fridge for 30 minutes while the grill comes up to temperature or the skillet heats. (a) Grill the meats balls over a direct fire turning them to brown all sides and take them to an internal temp of 165°F, or (b) similarly cook them join the stovetop. While they cook…
4. WARM the marinara sauce. When the meatballs are done, remove them from the heat.
5. LIGHTLY BUTTER each roll, and toast for a minute over the coals on the grill (we toasted ours plain in the toaster oven, then buttered them.
6. ASSEMBLE: Place 2 meatballs on each roll and pour a little warm marinara sauce over them. Lay out two slices of provolone over the meatballs and place the sandwiches back on the grill in a pan to allow the cheese to melt. Place a sliced black olive on the top of each meatball so they look like eyeballs, then drizzle a little more marinara sauce between the meatballs.
If using the arugula, anchovies, etc.: We put the on the arugula and basil on bottom half of the roll and the anchovies on top of the cheese, creating some nicely creep “hairy eyeballs.”
WATCH THE PROCESS with this video:
ABOUT “BBQ BOB” TRUDNAK
Robert “BBQ Bob” Trudnak of Lansdale, Pennsylvania has been grilling and smoking barbecue professionally for more than 13 years. He has amassed over 200 awards and prizes at national and international competitions. An entrepreneur and inventor, he helped launch the world’s first BBQ temperature control devices for the company BBQ Guru, which develops and sells high-tech cooker accessories.
If you’re switching your menus to fall vegetables and fruits, you can still a variety of seasonal ice creams and sorbets.
In this easy recipe, you don’t even need fruit: You use the bottled juice. Apple, blood orange, grapefruit, pear and pomegranate are delicious fall sorbet flavors.
You can set out different garnishes and let everyone style their own dessert or snack.
This sorbet recipe comes to us from US Apple, which has many recipes and apple-cooking and -baking tips.
RECIPE: APPLE CIDER POMEGRANATE SORBET
2 cups fresh apple cider (or other juice)
1-1/4 cup pomegranate juice (or other juice)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Optional garnish: dried apple chips, fresh apple slices*, pickled apple slices (recipe below), pomegranate arils
1. STIR together the juices, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium saucepan over high heat. Boil for 5 minutes; then transfer to a large bowl, stir in the lemon juice, add the cinnamon stick, cover and chill in the fridge until cold.
2. FREEZE the mixture in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
*Leave the skin on—it’s more attractive. Be sure to dip the sliced apples in acidulated water to prevent browning: 2 tablespoons lemon juice, lime juice or wine per quart of water.
 Easy apple-pomegranate sorbet, served with a fresh apple slice (photo and recipe courtesy USApple.org).  Use your favorite juice. Two of our fall favorites from Natalie’s: Pumpkin Apple and Orange Cranberry (photo courtesy FreshPlaza.us).
RECIPE: PICKLED APPLE SLICES
Make your own pickled apples. In addition to a sorbet garnish, you can use them on sandwiches, slaws, sides with grilled meats and seafood, baked ham and any fat-laden recipe that needs a slightly tart counterpoint.
This recipe makes a quart or more, depending on the apple size. If you want to test the recipe, halve it, taste and adjust accordingly. If you make the recipe but have more than you’ll use in a month, you can send some home with guests.
Note that these are not sterilized, shelf-stable pickles. You can keep them in the fridge for up to a month. The flavors will intensify for a week.
If you don’t like the “pumpkin pie spices,” substitute black peppercorns, cardamom, coriander seeds or other favorite.
Make extra for gifting!
 Pomegranate arils are colorful and easy garnish (photo courtesy Good Eggs | SF). We buy the arils-only in plastic bags.  Pickled apple slices, featured in the Apple Lovers Cookbook by Amy Traverse. Here’s her recipe.
RECIPE: PICKLED APPLE SLICES
1/2 cup tap water
1/2 cup ice water
1 cup cider or white wine vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon whole allspice berries
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon ground ginger
Optional: 1/8 cup liqueur (apple or elderflower liqueur, schnaps [the difference])
1-2 one-quart jars or other containers.
1. PLACE the tap water, vinegar, sugar and spices into a small pan (for convenience, you can put the spices in a spice ball or cheesecloth). Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Then add the ice water to cool the brine. Meanwhile…
2. PEEL, core and slice them 1/2- or 3/4-inch-thick (we used a mandoline for even slices). Immediately place into the pickling containers and cover with the brine.
3. KEEP the open jars on the counter until cool. Then cover with the lid and place in the refrigerator. Let infuse for at least 60 minutes. For the first week, the apples will continue to pick up flavor from the brine.
For Thanksgiving, everyone focuses on the dessert pies: pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie.
But what about the rest of the week—or the entire months of October and November—when you want something a bit lighter than pie?
King Arthur Flour solved our dilemma with their delicious Pumpkin Streusel Cake Mix. We stocked up last year after Thanksgiving, when it was half price; but it’s $9.95 full price at KingArthurFlour.com is still worth it.
Why pay triple the price of a supermarket cake mix? It’s all in the quality of the ingredients.
The King Arthur mix is made with real pumpkin and Vietnamese cinnamon. Even the flour in the mix—the highest grade milled—is better, as fans of King Arthur Flour can tell you.
The mix includes a packet of cinnamon-streusel filling to make the swirl in the cake. You add butter, eggs, sour cream and water.
TO MAKE A COFFEE CAKE
In addition to the instructions on the box, which can be used to make layer cakes or cupcakes, mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda into the dry cake mix.
Beat for just 30-60 seconds once all the ingredients are incorporated into the bowl.
TO MAKE A COFFEE CAKE
As an alternative, you can turn the mix into a pumpkin streusel coffee cake (photo #3).
Instead of using a bundt pan, spread the batter in a 9″ x 13″ baking pan. Sprinkle the streusel on top of the batter
Bake in an oven preheated to 350°F for 34 to 38 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
Let the cake cool and keep it in the pan. To serve, cut into rectangles. Only cut as many rectangles as you need; the air that seeps into the cut surfaces will take away some freshness.
 A pumpkin cinnamon streusel bundt cake, glazed (photo courtesy King Arthur Flour).  The cake made in a Heritage bundt pan, also called a swirl bundt pan from Nordicware.
WHAT IS STREUSEL?
Streusel is a crumb topping made from butter, flour and sugar. It can also contain chopped nuts or rolled oats.
It’s used on cakes and pies alike.
Pronounced SHTROY-zul, the word derives from the German “streuen,” meaning to sprinkle or scatter. The American mis-pronunciation “STROO sul?” Fuggedaboudit.
Streusel is used as a topping for a variety of pies, fruit crisps, cakes and pastries, most notably coffee cakes. A pie with a streusel topping is sometimes referred to as a “crumble pie.”
Some people like big streusel crumbs, others prefer fine crumbs. The choice is yours as you pinch the crumbs together.
 Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake made from this  Pumpkin Streusel Cake Mix (photos courtesy King Arthur Flour).
RECIPE: EASY STREUSEL TOPPING
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. COMBINE the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. With a pastry blender or fork, cut in the butter until fine crumbs form.
2. USE your fingers to squeeze the fine crumbs into large clumps (or smaller as desired—we like large crumbs). Sprinkle over the top of the pie and bake per the recipe instructions. That’s it!
THE HISTORY OF BUNDT CAKES
First, there was the Austrian kugelhopf, a sweet yeast bread similar to brioche and panettone, made in a pan shaped like a chef’s hat or a turban.
A Viennese specialty, it was a favorite of the Austrian Archduchess Marie Antoinette, who became the wife of King Louis XVI of France in 1770.
Fast forward 180 years: Some Jewish ladies in Minneapolis couldn’t find any kugelhopf pans in the U.S., pans with pleated folds that their families had in the Old Country. They turned to a local manufacturer and convinced him to create a version of it. The bundt cake was born.
The name bundt is a derivation of the German word for a gathering of people—exactly what you’ll have when there’s a bundt cake to be enjoyed.