No-Meat Meatballs – Monday Made

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“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”~Lemony Snicket.

I recently fell for the “stuck waiting in line at the supermarket in front of the magazine rack” trick. Normally I would have a little flip through and then happily return to the shelf, but a particular recipe magazine enticed me with pictures of fresh and colourful tacos and won me over with a section called “Meatlover or Vegetarian” in which several classic recipes were re-done vegetarian. From what I gather, this particular magazine has this section in it every month. Maybe I’ll be back for more.

I went for the Meatballs vege option. My only variation was that I used a bit of beetroot instead of carrot (because in some strange turn of events I did not have any carrots) so they came out pink. I also used a bit more cashew (because I was lazy with the measuring cups) and a few extra spring onion (wasn’t sure if mine were overly small or not).

They were delightful. A real surprise. Fully endorsed by husband and children. Normally I am not a huge chickpea fan. They have a distinct taste that I just don’t go for, but in this recipe I really didn’t notice them!

What you need:

  • 2 x 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup cashews
  • 3 green onions (I mean spring onions)
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (about 2 slices of bread)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • oil for frying

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 200degC (180 fan forced).
  2. Make breadcrumbs in food processor. Slowly add the dry ingredients, then the wet, to the processor to make a mixture you can roll into balls.
  3. Divide into 32 balls. They should be slightly smaller than golf balls.
  4. Brown the outside of the balls in a frying pan. Transfer to a baking tray and cook in the over for about 15 minutes.
  5. Serve with some spaghetti,a really nice tomato pasta sauce and sprinkling of chopped parsley. Serves 4 hungry people.

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