I must like a challenge, because somehow I ended up with a vegetarian. As a Midwesterner, I've been raised to believe that it's not dinner unless a dead animal is somewhere on the table. I've not yet converted to vegetarianism, but I have to accommodate dietary restrictions (real or imaginary) when I want to recreate scenes from Lady and the Tramp.
I've never made meat-less meatballs and I didn't look at a recipe before I got started. As stated above, Italians are prone to bouts of irrational anger, and this culinary experiment proved no exception. I assumed I could just use the fake meat as I would ground beef, and I was pretty much right. Many strings of expletives and a slew of binding agents later, we had vegetarian meatballs.
you will need the following:
1 lb fake ground beef
1 c chopped onion
1 c bread crumbs
1/2 parmesan cheese
1 slice of bread soaked in milk
1 clove minced garlic
1 tbsp Italian herb blend
1/2 tsp fennel seed
1/4 tsp red pepper flake
salt & pepper
Step 1: Set oven to 350. Soak bread in milk until very soggy. Add other ingredients and mix with jazz hands. Add more breadcrumbs to thicken if needed. Salt and pepper to taste.
Step 2: Heat some oil in a skillet. Brown all sides of your balls to form a skin. If they fall apart you've done it wrong and they need to be thickened with more breadcrumbs. "*%&$&%!!!!!!!"
Step 3: Set browned balls in a baking dish coated with a small amount of oil. Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes.
Serve with the house marinara, salad and unlimited breadsticks.
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