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Old 02-07-2008, 11:43 AM   #1
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Help with vegetarian "meatballs"

My year 8 students were cooking meatballs the other day and my vegetarian student bought in quorn mince to make his balls. However it was very difficult to make them stick together. I used lots of egg and we were able to make them into balls But they did not survive cooking.

Could anyone give me advice how to make good vegetarian meatballs?

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Old 02-07-2008, 12:10 PM   #2
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I would first suggest to make them without Quorn! How about beans, lentils and veggies all mashed up. Let me see if I can find a recipe...
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:26 PM   #3
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Well, so far this is what I've come up with...

Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs Recipe | Recipezaar I'm thinking you might replace the soy crumbles with Quorn mince? But the Quorn mince probably isn't fatty enough to keep them from falling apart.

Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Meatballs - Allrecipes This one looks so tasty I might try making them! May be a bit more involved for school though...

The other recipes I found involve walnuts or pecans, how do you feel about nuts!!?
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:25 PM   #4
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Maybe something with mashed potatoes, onions, mushrooms, seasonings, and then rolled in bread crumbs, serve with gravy.
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:08 AM   #5
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Thanks you for your responses. I do use nuts as we do not have any serious nut allergies and the parents can veto ingredients (if they are essential I probably wouldn't use them).

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Old 02-08-2008, 08:30 AM   #6
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Instead of potatoes, you could use mashed pumpkin or sweet potato for something different.

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Old 02-08-2008, 10:22 AM   #7
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Minced mushrooms and texturized soy protein, along with a few minced good tasting vegetables and just a bit of egg will make a good meatball or meatloaf. The less chunky you make 'em the better they will stick together.
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:06 PM   #8
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My year 8 students were cooking meatballs the other day and my vegetarian student bought in quorn mince to make his balls. However it was very difficult to make them stick together. I used lots of egg and we were able to make them into balls But they did not survive cooking.

Could anyone give me advice how to make good vegetarian meatballs?
2 cups broccoli, cooked until soft
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup plain fine bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
flat-leaf parsley sprigs, finely chopped
1 tsp. rosemary and 1 tsp. sage
1 cup Olive oil

TOMATO MAYO
3 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives
1 Tbsp. yogurt
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 Tbsp. oregano and 1/2 Tbsp. basil
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil

Mash broccoli, add flour, bread crumbs, eggs, cheeses, walnuts, parsley and herbs. Mix until a dough with a sticky consistency is formed. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan or deep fryer. Form mixture into balls and add in batches, to hot oil. Fry until golden brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels.

Tomato Mayo
Combine all ingredients in a food processor/blender until pureed.
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