Last night, I made the meatballs recipe from The Hardcore Herbivore. I’ll admit I’m not a stranger to Caitlin and her blog. She entertained me with her punk rock tom foolery while Mr. AA & I were in Canada earlier this year and she was an absolute riot to hang out with!
A while ago, I made her banana-coconut cupcakes with lemon glaze without the glaze and they were positively delightful! I’d been eyeballing the meatballs on her blog for a while, but was apprehensive because TVP weirds me out. A lot. I’ve never really understood or caught on to the whole mock meat thing and I don’t think I ever will… But I decided to take a punt with these and I was pleasantly surprised!
Honestly, these were a pretty radical thing for me to make & eat… But my feelings towards the end result were nothing but positive! The lentils dominate over the TVP, so if you’re not a fan of TVP, it’s no big deal. All it really does is add a bit of chew to the texture of the “meatballs”. There’s a good amount of flavour in these – but not so much that they’ll want to battle it out with your pasta sauce.
I wish I’d counted how many the recipe made – it was quite a few. Possibly enough for 6 people (or 4 really hungry people!). All I know is we had left overs and I can’t wait to eat them.
I baked most of them and fried a few just to see what the difference was. Frying them is a little difficult, as they mixture is soft, so you have to be super careful when you want to turn them around in the pan. Baking, on the other hand, is totally the way to go. Not only is it healthier, but it also makes your life easier and the meatballs develop an awesome crust in the oven!
Oh and by the way, that Bird in Hand wine isn’t too bad!