Amy's Vegetarian "Sausage" Balls

Submitted by a. on 2006-11-26 13:01:41




This was originally my mom’s recipe, my personal favorite food-thing ever at holiday time. I’ve re-tooled it to fit vegetarianism– a big hit at the Dinosaur House. I’ve also made it using soy cheese and it still tasted delish (soy cheese is just harder to find in F-town). If you have a tabletop mixer, this will take less time. What you will definitely need:

3.5 Cups Biscuit Mix
1 8 oz. package sharp cheddar (shredded)
1 8 oz. package veggie crumbles*
dash of hot (rooster sauce, chili garlic, tabasco)
1/4-1/2 cup olive oil**

Mix first four ingredients in a large bowl, adding the olive oil slowly to get a dough-like constistency. This may take quite a while it doing it by hand, so don’t get frustrated when it still looks really dry at first. You can always use more olive oil.

Once doughey, break off small pieces and roll into 2 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes at 300 F.

If they are squishy on the inside, you can either bake them for another 10 minutes, or fuck it, because they’re vegetarian.

*One may also use crumbled veggie burgers, seasoned TVP, or seitan. I’ve gone an easy (but pricey) way, and I season the crumbles with sea salt, pepper, oregano, dried onion, and garlic powder.

**The olive oil is necessary for a softer ball; since there’s no “meat” juice, it also gives it a more realisic saugsagousity. Use the oil wisely when trying to get the mix to look more like dough. Also feel free to add some drops of water near the end.



Left by AsIWander — 2007-02-02 14:59:19

Okay…one of the best alternative meats is the “gimmee lean” sausage. It’s vegan and incredibly tasty. It also comes in the same for as the tube of Jimmy Dean sausage commonly used in the original version of htis recipe. I suggest using this instead of the crumbled patty. This will absorb the flour and cheese better and the you can alter the flavor/spice of the “meat” since it’s much more maleable (?).

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