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The Meatiest Vegan Meatballs

The meatiest vegan meatballs you will ever eat. With the most beautiful flavour.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avant garde vegan, gaz oakley, meat-free, meatballs, pasta
Servings: 8
Author: Gaz Oakley (Avant Garde Vegan)

Ingredients

Wet

  • 2 tbs Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion blitzed
  • 1 stick Celery blitzed
  • 11 oz/300g Chesnut Mushrooms blitzed
  • 5 cloves Garlic blitzed
  • 1 tbs Dried Oregano
  • 1 tbs Dried Basil
  • 1 tbs Dried Sage
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbs Dried Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 cup/240ml Red Wine
  • 1 cup/240ml Vegetable Stock
  • 3 tbs Tomato Puree
  • 1 tbs Miso Paste
  • 1 cup/200g firm tofu patted dry & crumbled fine

Dry

  • 3 & 1/4 cups/415g Vital Wheat Gluten

Broth Roasting Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 cups/360ml Red Wine
  • 1 cup/200g Chopped Tomatoes from a can
  • 1 & 1/2 cups/360ml Vegetable Stock
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tbs Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • Handful Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Sprig of Rosemary

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 White Onion finely chopped
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic minced
  • Handful Fresh Thyme chopped
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 cup/240ml Red Wine
  • 1 can Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tbs Tomato Puree

Instructions

  • Deglaze the pan with the red wine & vegetable stock, then bring to a light simmer.
  • Crumble in the tofu then allow the mix to simmer for a 4-5 minutes. Turn the heat off then prepare your mixer.
  • Add the wheat gluten to your mixer or a large mixing bowl (if hand kneading). Add the wet mix to the mixer & let it mix for 10 minutes at a medium speed. If kneading by hand, knead as firmly as you can for 12 minutes, not kneading enough will result in soft spongey meatballs.
  • After kneading, ball the dough up into meatballs, I recommend balls that are 40g in weight.
  • After balling place them into a deep baking tray ready for sautéing.
  • Pre heat your oven to 175 degrees C.
  • Add a touch of oil to a non stick pan placed over a medium heat, sauté the meatballs for 3-4 minutes, turning often until caramelised.
  • Place the caramelised meatballs back into the tray and add the broth roasting ingredients. Give the tray a shake and cover over with foil.
  • Place the tray into your oven for 90 minutes. After 90 minutes, your meatballs are done
  • Meatballs should be made in advance & can be stored in your fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.
  • Before serving, I make a quick simple tomato sauce to serve with the meatballs. To a saucepan placed over a low heat with a touch of oil added, add onion, garlic, fresh thyme & seasoning – cook until golden. Deglaze the pan with red wine, a can of chopped tomatoes & a touch of water (to swill out excess tomato left in the can). Add some tomato puree then leave to simmer away for 10-12 minutes, stirring every now and then.
  • I like to sauté the cooked meatballs before serving then I add them to the tomato sauce, before serving with fresh pasta. 

Notes

This recipe was republished with permission from AvantGardeVegan. Find the original recipe here.Purchase Gaz Oakley’s cookbook, “VEGAN100” here.

Gaz Oakley (Avant Garde Vegan)

Gaz Oakley (Avant Garde Vegan)

Gaz Oakley is a 26 year old chef, author & youtuber originally from Cardiff, Wales UK.After learning to cook a very young age with his dad, Doug. Cooking as well as sports became his early passions.He played rugby, football, did athletics & swam to a very high standard throughout school.