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Mock Meatballs Recipe

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Added: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 cup finely ground walnuts
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup yogurt cheese or drained cottage cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups seasoned bread crumbs3 or 4 whole raw eggs

Very Finely Ground Walnuts
Herb-Seasoned Dry Bread Crumbs

Yogurt Cheese
Grated Cheddar Cheese
3 or 4 eggs

Directions:
Directions:
Mix together and you can make bread crumbs: from 6 slices of bread and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons dried parsley, and 1 teaspoon each dried oregano, basil, and garlic powder… OR (as specified in the recipe) 2 cups purchased seasoned bread crumbs

Preparing the Ingredients
The taste and texture is what “makes” these meatballs, so how the ingredients are prepared is extremely important.
• The walnuts must be ground very finely, almost to the “nut butter” stage. (The food processor does this in a couple of minutes.) Chopped walnuts won’t give the meatballs the right texture.
• I grate the cheddar cheese separately in the food processor until it too is very finely grated.
• The yogurt cheese is made from my own yogurt, drained overnight in a colander (in the refrigerator).
• I chop the onion, cook it until it is transparent, and then run it through the food processor until it is pureed… this gives flavor but no chunks of onions in the meatballs.
• I make the seasoned bread crumbs from six slices of dry bread and oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese, pulsing all these ingredients together in the food processor until the crumbs are very fine. (The original recipe called for purchased seasoned bread crumbs, which probably would not have Parmesan cheese as an ingredient. We really like the addition of the Parmesan cheese.)
Making the Mock Meatball Mixture
Combine all of the prepared ingredients… walnuts, cheddar cheese, yogurt cheese, onion, and herb-seasoned bread crumbs… in a large bowl. Add the salt, basil, and sage, and mix well. At this point, before you add the egg, taste the mixture and add more herbs, salt, etc., to suit your taste.
Next, add the eggs… one at a time… and mix them in thoroughly until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. How many eggs to add depends on the size of the eggs and the dryness of the bread crumbs. You will want the mixture to be the same consistency as for regular meatballs or meatloaf. Be careful not to add too many eggs and make the mixture too wet.
My Method — Preparing the Ingredients
The taste and texture is what “makes” these meatballs, so how the ingredients are prepared is extremely important.
• The walnuts must be ground very finely, almost to the “nut butter” stage. (The food processor does this in a couple of minutes.) Chopped walnuts won’t give the meatballs the right texture.
• I grate the cheddar cheese separately in the food processor until it too is very finely grated.
• The yogurt cheese is made from my own yogurt, drained overnight in a colander (in the refrigerator).
• I chop the onion, cook it until it is transparent, and then run it through the food processor until it is pureed… this gives flavor but no chunks of onions in the meatballs.
• I make the seasoned bread crumbs from six slices of dry bread and oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese, pulsing all these ingredients together in the food processor until the crumbs are very fine. (The original recipe called for purchased seasoned bread crumbs, which probably would not have Parmesan cheese as an ingredient. We really like the addition of the Parmesan cheese.)
Making the Mock Meatball Mixture
Combine all of the prepared ingredients… walnuts, cheddar cheese, yogurt cheese, onion, and herb-seasoned bread crumbs… in a large bowl. Add the salt, basil, and sage, and mix well. At this point, before you add the egg, taste the mixture and add more herbs, salt, etc., to suit your taste.

 

 

 

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