Jim and I were watching a Food Network show and the host was at Marabella Meatball Co. in Philadelphia. They make veggie ball subs! This had us salivating. This restaurant is kind enough to share their recipe here.
Unfortunately when writing this blog post, I discovered that their business had closed. I don't think it had to do with their recipes though!
We were very impressed with their deliciousness.
The following ingredients get combined:
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/8 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/8 cup chickpeas rinsed and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of golden raisins roughly chopped (we left these out since I was skeptical)
1 teaspoon chopped garlic (we left this out as well because of my tummy)
1 teaspoon fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 bunch broccoli crowns cooked, cooled and roughly chopped
1/4 head cauliflower cooked, cooled and roughly chopped
Once the ingredients are mixed together well, refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven at 400 F.
Scoop and roll out mixture into 2.5 ounce balls. Ours were about 1.5 inches wide.
Place on a greased baking sheet. I just put them on a sheet with parchment paper (no greasing) and that worked well. Bake for 30 minutes until golden.
Ok, we didn't use rolls but rather toasted sandwich bread. Then topped them with red sauce and provolone cheese. They are fantastic with just cheese too.
The host's comment was that they tasted like meat. Jim thought the same thing. It has been over 20 years since I've eaten meat so I can't quite comment on that (man I'm getting old!).
Anyway they are full of tastiness! Next time we are going to form this recipe into patties for burgers. I bet they will freeze well at a fraction of the cost of veggie burgers!
Thank you for stopping by! Have a great week! ~Val