Swedish Lentil Meatballs
Wowee Honey-bee's, here it is! A Swedish Meatball (or just meatball recipe in general) that tastes bloomin' glorious, in all the departments; taste, texture and difficulty level. Happy, happy days!! I know you're going to like this one, I'm beyond happy with it, and so was everyone I fed it too. Yes, there is a Swedish Meatball recipe in my 2nd Cookbook, that I still stand-by and enjoy, however that's a tempeh based one. This recipe, made out of lentils has a texture I just prefer. Homey and wholesome - I'm pumped!
- 2 cups (400g) cooked green lentils (about 200g uncooked)
- olive oil
- 1 onion, diced small
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp vegan parmesan, grated (or other hard vegan cheese)
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- drizzle maple syrup
- 1 large handful parsley, finely chopped
- 2 slices GF bread OR 1 thick slice or normal bread, torn into small pieces
- salt & pepper
- 1 tbsp vegan butter
- 1/2 cup vegetable stock
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup unsweetened soy/oat milk
- 1 tbsp tamari
- 2 tbsp apple puree
- splash red wine vinegar
- pinch nutmeg
- 1 heaped tsp corn flour, mixed with a splash of cold water and stirred to form a slurry
To Serve: mashed potatoes, cranberry jam & peas
- Cook your lentils, if you are using dry. Drain and set aside.
- Sauté the onion and garlic in a drizzle of olive oil in a small fry-pan until soft. Remove from heat and set aside.
- To a food processor, add the lentils, onion/garlic mixture along with all the other meatball ingredients. Pulse until combined, but still a little chunky. Roll the mixture into balls (about an inch in diameter, not too big), by squeezing some mixture together tightly before rolling. Place on a plate/tray and repeat, using all the mixture. Put the balls in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
- Meanwhile make your gravy by melting the vegan butter in a small saucepan. When bubbling add all the other gravy ingredients (sans the corn flour slurry). Whisk until smooth. Bring to a simmer at which point whisk in the slurry. Whisk/stir for a couple of minutes more until slightly thickened. Set aside.
- When your balls have chilled (hehe), remove from the fridge and heat up a glug of oil in a large based fry-pan. When hot, add your meatballs (you might have to do this in batches) and crispy-up on all (or most) sides.
- Serve your meatballs with mashed potato, the gravy, cranberry jam and peas for one seriously hearty and scrumptious meal!
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