This is another recipe from Veganomicon. My husband is an absolute sucker for any kind of spaghetti and fake meatball dish when we go out, but I don’t recall ever trying to make one at home. There had been a lot of discussion on the PPK that people were having trouble getting their balls to stick together, or that they didn’t like the texture so I was a bit unsure but decided to give it a try anyway.
My first problem came with a 20oz tin of kidney beans. What on earth size of tin is that? I used 2 normal tins and hoped for the best. The other ingredients are simply herbs, spices, garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice and flour. They formed as balls perfectly, then you either bake or fry them with a bit of the tomato sauce that you use for the spaghetti. Of course, I opted to fry mine and they were a bit soft and squashy but held together OK.
I liked this dish but I didn’t totally love it. The flavourse were good but the balls were a bit soft for me; I’d have preferred a bit more of a crunch to them. I would try the basic idea again but play around with it a bit.