Vegetarian Meatballs

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Introduction: Vegetarian Meatballs

About: Working as a wood/metal shop teacher for kids 9-12 years old. Restoring a old house and a Saab 95 V4 1975. Currently bad at making new ibles but will hopefully find time soon...

Hi!

I and my girlfriend are building up our personal collection of veggie favorites. This is one of them - the meatfree-meatballs!
They contain dairy products and egg so the are not vegan. They taste fine and we actually managed to fool a few people that they were ordinary metaballs made from meat.

Step 1: Ingredients

 The ingredients:
1½ dl Grated cheese
1½ dl Ground almond (grind them yourself or by almond flour)
1½ dl Dried breadcrumbs
3 Eggs
2 tablespoons grated onion
1-4 tablespoons dried funnel chanterelle (Cantharellus tubaeformis) (Optional)
1 tablespoon soysauce
1/4 tablespoon Salt
Vhite pepper
Vegetable stock (preferably glutamate free)

The amounts can be multiplied, just try the taste before you fry them all. We've made up to a hundred balls at one time and it was really nice to fill up the fridge with them.

Step 2: How To

I usually start with putting the dried mushrooms in a tablespoon of soysauce and let them soak.

Then i grind the cheese, nuts and onion together. Mix all the ingedients properly.
Roll the mixture into even sized balls. I usually keep my hands a bit wet so the mixture doesnt stick to the hands.

If you want to experiment with the seasoning you may boil and fry one ball, taste it and adjust with more salt, pepper, basil, ginger och whatever flavor you prefer. (bleed´n seabirdflavor)

Boil in aprox. a litre of stock water until they float up to the surface. The stock adds a bit of flavor.

If you want this is a good moment to put some of the boiled balls away in the freezer for frying later on. Try to freeze them separatly so it´s easier to pick as many as you wish from the bag or box. The taste better if fried after thawing than if you re-fry them. Also try to thaw them before you fry them, they cheese tend to melt if you fry them too long.

I usually fry in butter for the good taste othervise use a vegatable oil with neutral taste.

Step 3: Summary

The 'balls can be served with potatoes and lingonberries, rice or on a sandwich, as a snack they are good for most uses (but don't push them up your nose Marcus.)

The disussion about why we choose to make meat-free food the same shape as the meatfood is interesting. I dont mind borrowing the shape and taste from "traditional" food, after all - the transition from meat-eater to vegetarian doesent have to be hard and painful. Just replace one favourite at a time. If we look at recepies from medieval times they usually just added the meat for flavor rather than letting the meat be the main part of the meal and maybe thats something to inspire us. 

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    10 Discussions

    this can easily be made vegan. use daiya cheese and use a flax seed egg replacer.

    Since you are collecting vegetarian recipes, try mine which I just posted on Instructables. Here's the link: https://www.instructables.com/id/BEST-EVER-VEGETARIAN-BURGERS/

    And I have more on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Hectanooga1

    Great Instructable! Thank you for taking the time to make this. Love your outdoor bath dinner. LOL.

    Sorry about the non metric units, should have included a converson table.
    1.5 deciliter is equalent to 0.63 cups.

    And the uses of tablespoons are illogical, i agree. We get remnants of the old system when we by plumbing stuff and some small volume measurements.

    @ClayOgre

    1 Litre = 10 Decilitres (dl) = 100 Centilitres (cl) = 1000 Millilitres. Simple maths, just move the zeros.

    There a roughly 4 cups in a litre, so 250 ml = 25 cl = 2,5 dl is a cup. Better now ?

    Oh, and spoonfuls are usually used for small amounts, even in metric recipes, just for easiness-sake.

    Metric system. It's 10 cl and 0.1 liter. Find a converter online to find out how many cups or feet or whatever that is. America is the hell of logic

    Further confusion ... The recipe says dl and you say cl. Typo? Okay so I am assuming dl is a decaliter? I was just confused because the rest of the recipe uses tablespoons, etc. So they don't do metric for that? Now who is being illogical.

    Oh wow, I would really like to taste these. I love meatballs and honestly I don't mind most vegetarian dishes (tho I do eat meat) defiantly going on my fave list to make. :)