These Gluten-Free Meatless Meatballs with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce are perfect for your Meatless Monday meal adventures!
After watching Molly Yeh make her Spaghetti and My Ex-Boyfriend’s Meatless Balls on the Drew Barrymore show this week, I was incredibly intrigued & decided I had to test them out!
I researched a couple variations of this sort of recipe and saw that the key ingredients remained: nuts (walnuts or almonds), parmesan, bread crumbs, eggs & spices -- all blitzed in a food processor.
Other recipes, that didn't call for nuts used mushrooms, which I thought was genius!
I decided, what better way to make a meatless meatball than with 2 kinds of meat substitutes. That is how this recipe came to be! My Gluten Free Meatless Meatballs stick to the key components of Molly Yeh's recipe, but I've added onion & lots of mushrooms to the mix! Additionally, I swapped the parmesan and bread crumbs for gluten free versions.
Best vegan parmesan is hands down Follow Your Heart Parmesan Shreds. I recently tried a new brand of Breadcrumbs (new to me, at least) and I think they're excellent; Aleia's Gluten Free Italian Bread Crumbs.
How these Gluten-Free Meatless Meatballs are made:
Start with roasting the nuts; it's a simple, yet crucial step. Roasting nuts in the oven will enhance the flavor of your final dish!
Next, it's pretty simple. You add the Meatless Meatball ingredients to a food processor and process until it becomes mealy. I like to have a few small chunks remain.
Once the mixture is ground, it's time to roll into balls! Surprisingly, it makes quite a lot; 28 meatless balls.
It's fry time!
I wouldn't quite say we're frying these meatballs, but we're pan-searing them in a bit of olive oil. I love using olive oil, but feel free to use any oil you prefer to cook with.
Onto the Red Pepper Sauce.
It's a matter of adding most of the ingredients to the blender and blending until super smooth and creamy!
Once the sauce is blended, heat in a shallow pan and cook until the onions and garlic no longer have a biter lingering taste in the sauce. Lastly add a few more ingredients to balance out the flavors, and you're set!
This recipe does contain quite a handful of ingredients, but I truly believe it's a labor of love and you'll love it.
PS- My meat-eater boyfriend said he'd definitely eat these in a vegan restaurant. Also, on a scale of 1-10 of a Meatball scale, he ranked these an 8.5, tasting delicious but not actually like real meat.
Let's not kid ourselves, these Meatless Meatballs are made from vegetables, but they are insanely delicious!