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Episode 4: Un-Meatballs

Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4-6
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 2⅔ cups breadcrumbs (in the above video Tim used breadcrumbs made of fresh bread, but you can use the dry kind form the store, you might need to add an extra egg if using the dry breadcrumbs)
  • 1½ cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup walnuts (finely chopped)
  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 1 stalk celery (chopped)
For Cooking/Frying
  • olive oil or cooking spray (to fry the un-meatballs)
  • 2 cans spaghetti sauce (in the video we used two 24oz cans)
  • parmesan cheese (to top the un-meatballs and the sauce in casserole when baking)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Crack the eggs in a mixing bowl and beat briefly with a fork.
  3. Add breadcrumbs, cheddar cheese, garlic, salt, dried oregano, onion and walnuts into the bowl with eggs and mix well all the ingredients.
  4. Form the mixture into about 1 inch balls. Fry them in a little bit of oil in a non-stick frying pan, turning them so each side is browned. (See the note bellow the steps).
  5. Once the balls are fried place them into a casserole and cover with spaghetti sauce. If desired you can top also with some parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes covering the casserole with a lid. After 25 minutes take the lid off, raise the oven temperature to 400°F and bake for another 5 minutes until the cheese begins to turn golden brown.
  7. Serve the un-meatballs with your favorite pasta.
Tim says that he prefers using fresh bread tearing it to small pieces instead of using the dry breadcrumbs. This assures that un-meatballs are very moist.

When frying your un-meatballs be gentle and pay close attention when turning them over. They might try to come apart on you, but you will be rewarded for your patience.

Watch the video on YouTube: Simple To Make But Super Delicious Un-Meatballs 

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Meet the Author

Fr Vlad

Fr. Vlad Zablotskyy is the rector of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo, NY. He enjoys cooking, baking bread and gardening.

3 comments… add one
  • Silvia Babcock Oct 23, 2013, 4:39 pm

    What a crew!!!! Beautiful—can’t wait to try it!

    • Fr Vlad Oct 26, 2013, 1:30 am

      Thank you! You are next! 🙂

  • Jean & Jeff Nov 12, 2013, 9:12 pm

    Wow!!! Meat me at the corner of delicious and scrumptiousness !!

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