Recipe by Chef John
"I made this recipe to celebrate Earth Day. Thanks to a thorough browning, mushrooms provide more than enough savoriness. The garlic, cheese, and parsley do the rest. What really blew me away was how close the texture was to actual meatballs. They are officially approved for use on spaghetti!"
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fresh white mushrooms, finely chopped
finely chopped onion
very finely shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, packed
freshly ground black pepper to taste
cayenne pepper, or to taste
very finely shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or to taste
chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, or to taste
I've made these meatballs a couple of times. They are delicious with spaghetti and make a dynamite meatball sub! I used Quaker Old Fashioned Oats since that's the kind I had, and I used Panko bread crumbs. The video instructions say to cool the mushroom mixture after adding the oats. The written instructions above omits that step. I followed the video instructions and let the mixture cool to room temperature before adding the cheese and remaining ingredients.
I made this recipe for the first time the other day and it turned out excellent. I've been following a low GI diet plan, so this recipe was perfect for dinner. I did only use one egg and they held together just fine. I loved them. I plan on making them again and again.
If I could rate this on taste alone it would get a 5! These are great and the texture is amazing. I also like the colour mix in it.
However these didn't hold together very well for me and I needed to cook them for an extra 5-6 mins in the oven to ensure that they didn't fall apart when I was cooking them in the pasta sauce. Chop everything very finely and add extra breadcrumbs if neeeded.
I made these for my dad for Father's Day. I used the food processor to get the mushrooms and onions nice and small; glad I did. It was amazing how much this recipe actually looks like meat. I used a small ice cream scoop just like I do for meatbalIs. I only refriderated a couple of hours and i am curious how much better they would be refrigerated overnight. I must confess dad did not get the full serving of meatless-meatballs because It was so good before I even put it in the refrigerator (had to sample) and then amazing after it was cooked ( had to sample). I will make this again and turn my vegetarian friends onto it. Thanks once again Chef John.
I made this with a white sauce and thick rotini, and it was amazing. My boyfriend even loved it and he's a difficult to please carnivore. I didn't have onions in the house, so I used leeks instead and it turned out well. I didn't have time to let it refrigerate for too long either, but they held together perfectly. Can't wait to try this with spaghetti! I'm going to make a bushel of these and keep them in my freezer for all my meatless needs.
Okay, I read this recipe and watched the video and my immediate thought was . . . ya right! I don't believe it. . . but I just had to try and it. And I was blown away. They turned out fantastic. You really can't believe that these are not made with lean ground beef. I'm just making them now a second time. They will be a favourite in my family for a long time. The only thing I changed in the recipe is I used 1 egg and egg white for the second egg. Mostly because I only had one egg in the fridge. But the egg white will make it even healthier. I'll just have to see if they mixture rolls into balls tomorrow after resting in the fridge overnight.
Yummy! I have tried store-bought phony meatballs & have never found one I liked. These are really good. They were time consuming to make, but I made a double batch, so that did take more time. I urge you to watch the video before attempting this recipe because Chef John is not only cool & has an awesome voice, he also has great tips for making the best meatballs. I chopped my mushrooms, as he said, to about the size of a kernel of corn, but wish I would have made them a tad smaller. I sautéed my onions separately only because I was feeding anti-onion eaters. I also used half eggs & half egg substitute made out of flax meal and water. This recipe is a keeper!
After reading all the reviews, I plan to process everything finely before mixing together, and possibly adding an extra egg. That way, they should stick together without being refrigerated for too long. I don't consider this to be much work, other than the frig part, which isn't work, it's just too time consuming. My frig is very small.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chef John's Meatless Meatballs
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 161
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