Prep Time 10'PT10M
Total Time 30'PT30M
No refined sugar
No-meat balls meatballs - sounds funny, tastes great!When trying to replicate old favourites in new ways, texture is often even more important than flavour. Further, it's even tougher to get right when making vegetarian versions of meat dishes. But then we often find that the companies and people who get the texture right get the flavour wrong... In other words, you're damned if you do, and damned if you don't!
Lovely jubblyConsequently, we are especially proud of this no-meat balls recipe. If we do say so ourselves, it's the addition of Erbology Tigernut Granola with Nopal and Chia that enables both the texture and the flavour. These are their own special creature rather than a copy of meatballs. However, you do get a sense of the particular bulk of meatballs, which can't be achieved with grains. You don't want to be able to bite clean through - you want to be forced, or encouraged, if you prefer, to spend some real time on each mouthful. The array of vegetables, herbs and spices in these balls is even more reason to savour them properly. Green pepper, onions, garlic, and parsley are standard for these types of mixes. They're oldies but goodies - you can't really go wrong with them and they bring an appreciated familiarity. We aren't pretending these are your basic meatballs though, and the addition of carrot, beans, and curry powder nods to that. It's a good balance. We'd even venture to enjoy them with some gluten-free pasta, in which case we'd probably do away with the curry powder. Shaped into patties and curry intact, the basic mix would also make for some nice vegan burgers. How about topping a spinach or kale salad with no-meat balls, small Roma tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, some seeds, green onions, the fresh herbs of your choice, vegan cheese, and a nice light dressing? You can also freeze these balls, after shaping and before cooking. As versatile as they are, they're the perfect thing to have on hand for a last-minute meal that is still nourishing and satisfying.
Crumbs to you, tooThe quality of the breadcrumbs you bring into this dish is quite important to the success of your no-meat balls. There are now good gluten-free, vegan readymade breadcrumbs you can buy at your local health food / organic store. If you are not gluten-free, you could also try Panko crumbs. These are still vegan and would add a wonderful, light crunch that would work very well with the addictively 'snack-y' nature of these balls. Be aware that Panko breadcrumbs do contain wheat. As with most things, the best would be homemade breadcrumbs. It's a great, cost-efficient thing to do with any stale bread you have lying around. And you'll get crumbs that taste like the bread of your choice, rather than the standardised selection of crumbs, which doesn't quite match up to all the delicious varieties of bread most people now have available in their local bakeries or markets - or home bread makers. Just pulse the bread in your food processor. Add sea salt and any dry seasonings you fancy - chives might be nice with this recipe - then spread on a baking sheet. Toast til a lovely golden brown. Mains