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By Mike Thayer

Raybern's Meatball Marinara SandwichWho doesn't like a good meatball sandwich right?

So when I saw these in the freezer section at Costco and always looking for something in a convenience food to have at the ready at home, I picked up a box of Raybern's Meatball Marinara Sandwiches and threw it in the cart.

The description of the sandwiches on the box is pretty straight forward:  Italian style seasoned meatballs with Marinara sauce & melted mozzarella cheese.

The picture sells it, but will the actual product live up to the picture hype?


Raybern's Microwave prep
Prepared in the Microwave

I sampled these sandwiches for lunch and dinner on a work day, meal one  - lunch - was done in the microwave per the box instructions and for meal two - dinner - the sandwich was done in the oven.  Raybern's recommends thawing the sandwiches in the refrigerator for eight hours prior to nuking or baking, which I did.

Prepared in the Microwave:  The bread remains soft, fulfilling the Raybern's promise, but the rest of the sandwich is a bit of a disappointment.  The meatballs are under-seasoned and the sandwich is under-sauced.  The portion of cheese is OK, but the sandwich does not deliver on the box photo hype and overall, the flavor is, "eh"....

Prepared in the Oven:  This was the better sandwich - no surprise here, the oven beats the microwave in helping to deliver better flavor and texture every time.  The bread had some crispy edges that you like in a 'toasted' preparation and considering the underwhelming flavors I got in the lunch sandwich, I doctored this sandwich up a bit, adding some shredded pizza blend cheese along with a bit of black pepper.  It still suffered from being under-sauced.

Raybern's oven prep and tater cake
Prepared in the oven

I purchased a box of 6 sandwiches for $11.99 at Costco, that's $2 per sandwich.  And while that $2 is cheaper than what you might pay for such a sandwich at a fast food restaurant and about on par flavor-wise, I was hoping for more from Raybern's for a convenience food made at home.  I'm giving Raybern's Meatball Marinara Sandwiches 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars and they are a borderline repeat buy, a Plan B kind of thing.  They need some doctoring to kick up the "eh" factor up another notch.

3 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

Raybern's in the package
Convenient, but needs doctoring to bump up the flavor



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