Un-Meatballs

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January 1, 2017

Recipe by Fare Isle

  • Cook: 45 mins

Ingredients

3 Cups extra-firm tofu

1 Cup raw pumpkin seeds

3 medium carrots peeled

1 stalk of celery

1/2 of a large sweet onion (or small onion)

1 clove of garlic

Handful of parsley leaves

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ground pepper

1 Tbs house seasoning

1 tsp caraway seeds

1 tsp fennel seeds

2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil plus 2 Tbs for oiling the pan and balls

Directions

1Preheat oven to 425ºF. Coat an 8" cast iron skillet with 1 Tbs olive oil. In a food processor first process carrot, celery, onion, garlic and parsley until finely minced and transfer to a large bowl. Next process pumpkin seeds until finely ground and transfer to the same bowl. Then process tofu until smooth and transfer to the bowl. Add all of the seasonings and 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix everything together with your hands. Form 2-2.5" round balls and place in skillet. Drizzle remaining 1 Tbs of olive oil over top of balls. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown. These are slightly more fragile than grandma's meatballs so don't put them into a pot of sauce or they might fall apart in the sauce. Serve them over pasta or rice and sauce the plate. Uncooked balls can be refrigerated overnight or frozen for future use. Cooked balls can be kept refrigerated for a few days. They make delicious additions to sandwiches too!

2Notes: You can replace some or all of the pumpkin seeds with other nuts and seeds. I love walnuts, pine nuts and/or macadamia nuts. Our little guy has allergic reactions to nuts so we've been making them with just seeds or adding nuts your ours only.

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