Hey you!! ^^
Here to say that this week I was craving something meatball-y or wiener-y and was having some sorta Black Bean Soup fever, so, I had plenty of this lovely beans around.
Coming back from my bellydance class, hungry like the wolf, I checked my pantry and I got that blissful “Eureka” moment! Beans + My craving for meatballs = BEANBALLS!
Unfortunatelly, my Veganomicon was locked in the office (well… It’s a loooong story -.-). So… I checked the Interwebs for a nice recipe that would fit my seasoning rack needs.
Well, my Black Bean Balls came out a huge success! Even the bean hater here at home loved them!
This recipe yelds 38 tiny lil’ balls, as I like it. Oh, and I achieved the most beautiful flavour combo! *-*
Let’s get to it already! I’ll stop my babbling before it’s too late. Oh, and just look at them already! And the Spaghetti too!
2 1/2 cups Cooked Black Beans (I cooked mine into my Pressure Cooker for 45 minutes)
under a 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. Tomato Sauce
2 1/2 cloves garlic, pressed or grated
1/2 Lime zest
1/2 tsp. thyme, crushed
1/2 nutmeg, grated
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
Preheat oven to 375
Throw your black beans into a medium sized bowl, grab a fork and mash them like you mean it! You want them to be fairly well smooshed, but not to the point that they’re unidentifiable as, you know… beans. I basically threw in the salt, tomato sauce and olive oil (do 1 tbsp. if you want less fat) and stirred it all in with a spoon. Next I added the crushed thyme, garlic, lemon zest, nutmeg and the vital wheat gluten. The last step was to stir in the breadcrumbs.
After you have everything stirred up and holding together (without being totally solid, our the balls will come out very tough [this-is-not-a-pun-alert]) roll up your beanballs. I just got a baking sheet, sprayed it with some oil, and placed the beanballs on there. I cooked them for 15 minutes and they were perfect this way. But keep checking to achieve the browness and stuff you like.
I hope you all are having a nice week!