28/10/2008

Vegan MoFo Day 28: Spicey Meataballs

What do you do when you get up at the crack of dawn? You think to yourself who's Dawn? Hahahaha..... No What you do silly, is you make the additions to your meatball recipe you've been playing around with and then you divulge how amazing they are to the rest of the blogosphere. OK then! Meatballs makes 24 Ingredients 1 1/2 cups of Vital Wheat Gluten 3/4 cup Nutritional Yeast 1 tsp Onion Powder 1 tsp Garlic Salt 1 tsp Mixed Herbs 1/2 cup Tomato Juice 1/4 cup Red Wine 1 Tblsp Tomato Marinade (paste will do) 1 Tblsp Soy Sauce 2 Tblsp Olive Oil 4 Tblsp Water 3 Cloves of Garlic, squeezed through a garlic press 2 Sundried Tomatoes, diced thinly few drops of Tabasco Half a grated Carrot Directions Grease a Muffin pan. Place in a bowl the Vital Wheat Gluten, Nutritional Yeast, Onion Powder, Garlic Salt and Mixed Herbs. Mix well with a fork. In a separate bowl - place all the other ingredients and mix well. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix with a fork to form a dough. Knead for a few minutes and then leave for half an hour. Divide the dough into equal sized ball shapes about the size of a small Walnut and place each ball in a Muffin space in the greased Muffin pan. Cover the pan with tin foil and bake in an oven at 200 degrees for 40 mins turning over half way through cooking time. When done, leave to cool completely before adding them to your Tomato Sauce. This Tomato Sauce recipe is a double recipe so freeze what you don't use for later so if you are pressed for time in the future you will still be able to have yummalicious homemade sauce super duper quick! Tomato Sauce
serves 8 Ingredients 1 tsp Olive Oil 1 Large Onion, diced 2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed 1 Large Carrot, peeled and diced 2 x 400g Canned Tomatoes 5 fl oz Red Wine or Vegetable Stock 1 Bay Leaf 1 Tbsp Fresh Basil, diced 1 tsp Dried Oregano Salt Freshly Ground Black Pepper Method In a pan add 1 tsp Olive Oil and fry the Carrot and Onion for 10 mins stirring regularly. Add the Garlic, Tomatoes, Red Wine (or stock), Basil, Oregano and Bay Leaf and cook on a gentle heat for 20 mins. Take out the Bay Leaf and whizz with a hand mixer or in your blender. Season to taste. Easy Peasy!
Add meatballs to the Sauce and heat through whilst you wait for your Pasta to cook. I had intended to make Spaghetti but alack and alas the cupboards didn't deliver so I made twirly shapes instead - I can't remember the name of this Pasta but y'all know what I mean.
Like Nonna used to make (if I was Italian and had a Nonna who was vegan
that is.) Details, details...
Today's song is Sally Cinnamon by The Stone Roses Choooooooooooon!

19 comments:

Joanna said...

those meatballs look so darn good. i haven't had a vegan meatball yet, but if i ever make one, ill use your recipe.

Becks - Not a Rabbit. said...

That looks awesome! My kinda meal :o)

For the Love of Guava said...

hmmm.. I need to find this wheat gluten... is this what will make my neatballs solid and not crumbly??? Is it seitan-y like or powder?? Not sure what to look for... oh and give Nonna a kiss for me! :)

Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies said...

Mmmmmm! I love meatless balls. ;o)

Felicity said...

meatballs cooked in a muffin pan... meatins? muffballs? whatever, they sound and look deeeelish.

KZ said...

OMG! that looks incredible. congrats on hanging in there with vegan mofo!!

River said...

Haha! You crack me up!
That dish looks so good! I bet if you had an Italian vegan Nonna, she would be very proud of your balls! :P

Janet said...

mmm those meatballs look super yummy!

Jeni Treehugger said...

Guava - you can't find VWA???? I feel a swap coming on for sure...

Using VWG does hold them all together so as they won't crumble - who wants a crumbly meatball?

Felicity - muffballs made me snort tea out my nose!!
Hahahahaha

Thanks for your comments peeps.
:)

Sal said...

yummo they look awesome, i love me some spicy balls! :)

Little Pea said...

The month is almost over honey. What are you going to talk about after that?

another word! "cossity". still doesn;t beat "lowner" hehe

Tracy said...

These sound fantastic! You are my hero, I have yet to make any vegan meat myself and I so want to. I always buy the stuff in the stores and think it must be almost as bad as the real thing with all the preservatives, etc. You rock!

aTxVegn said...

Oh, yes, these spices sound just right. Looks delish!

jessy said...

your meataballs (tee hee!) look GLORIOUS! i'm going to print off the recipe! squeeeeeeeeeee! thanks, Jeni! these are awesome!

aveganparadise said...

If I didn't know better, i'd swear those were REAL meat balls! They look tasty!

Little Pea said...

I had to post just cos the word was flues.... don't mind me...

Jeni Treehugger said...

cossity wins though - hands down!

Bex said...

YES! thanks Jeni!

Bethany said...

when I get up that early, I just lay in bed until I get bored and fall back asleep...

yummy looking dinner, thanks for the recipe!