I guess there’s a first time for everything, and that includes chickpea meatballs.
I can’t seem to find tofu or turkey meatballs at ANY store, so I had to resort to making my own. I guess these are more like falafel balls rather than meatballs, but I’m calling them meatballs. JUDGE ME, I DARE YOU. But seriously, you gotta take risks while cooking!
See, this recipe started out as a pesto. Then, I accidentally grabbed the oats instead of the olive oil, and kind of went with it. What I thought would be a total fail turned out to be a complete success! *Pats self on the back* Also, I’m SUPPOSED to be packing for a trip right now, but instead I’m writing blog posts #dedication #Iusetoomanyhashtagsinblogposts #canyoureadthag #okayimgoingtostop
I remember YEARS ago I made some turkey mushroom meatballs, and ever since then, I’ve wanted to make some. Well, these aren’t turkey- they’re chickpeas, but they’re still freaking awesome. I love the texture these balls give to any dish, and the flavor alone is out of this world. I served these over orzo in the photo, but I’m sure that with spaghetti, they’d be amazing. I’m not gonna lie to you and be like YEAH THEY TASTE LIKE MEAT, because they don’t. They taste like cheesy chickpea goodness in the best way possible.
Speaking of chickpeas, I feel like they’re a big trend right now in the baking world. Should I experiment with them? Let me know! Alright, let’s dig in.
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup parmesan
- ¼ cup sundried tomatoes
- 2 basil leaves
- ½ cup oats
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp olive oil (for frying)
- In a food processor, combine all your ingredients and blend well. You want a chunky mixture that you can easily form into balls.
- Once processed, melt the 1 tbsp olive oil onto a pan. While it's heating up, form balls that are about the size of your palm. You want to press hard so they don't fall apart.
- Once formed, place the ball on the pan and cook on one side. After about two minutes or so, flip and cook on the other side. Transfer to a plate and repeat until all the balls are cooked.
- Serve over anything you'd like and enjoy!
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