How to Use Quorn for Making Meatballs

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How to Use Quorn for Making Meatballs
These meatballs are made from real meat, but you also can substitute Quorn in the recipe for a vegetarian alternative. (Valueline/Valueline/Getty Images)

You can make meatballs without the meat for those who are vegetarian. Use a meat-substitute product made from mushrooms called Quorn. Replace the ground meat in any recipe with Quorn for a meat-free alternative. Look for Quorn beef-style grounds in the frozen foods section at health food stores and where vegetarian products are sold. This recipe uses Quorn to replace the grated cheese and walnuts in a vegetarian meatball recipe.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 340gr. package Quorn beef style grounds, thawed
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • Baking tray
  • Tomato or spaghetti sauce to cover

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Mix together in a bowl the thawed Quorn, onion soup mix and eggs until thoroughly combined.

  2. 2

    Knead the breadcrumbs in with your hands, ¼ cup at a time, until the Quorn meatball mixture is a consistency that it can be shaped into balls and hold together. You might not need to use a full cup of breadcrumbs.

  3. 3

    Chill the meatball mixture for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

  4. 4

    Preheat the oven to 177 degrees C.

  5. 5

    Grab a handful of the meatball mixture, slightly smaller than a golf ball. Roll it into a ball between your hands and place it onto a baking tray. Repeat with the remaining meatball mixture.

  6. 6

    Cook the meatballs in the oven on the baking tray for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned and heated through.

  7. 7

    Add the meatballs immediately to a sauce or casserole recipe. Cook in the sauce for an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour over a medium-heat simmer or bake as a part of a casserole at 177 degrees C or the temperature specified in the recipe. Alternately, let the meatballs cool completely after browning and package in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 week.

Tips and warnings

  • Vegans should note that the Quorn beef-style grounds include egg whites in the ingredients, making it inappropriate for strict vegans.

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