Do you think meatballs are a holiday thing? I sure do. Between seeing them in a crockpotat at all the parties or having them as a Christmas meal, you are sure to see them at some point. These Lentil Meatballs pack some good flavor and are versatile enough to take on any sauce. Do I hear a Christmas dinner option…..
I’ve never eaten a lot of meat or meatballs in general. Even before I stopped eating meat, it was always a special occasion when we would have meatballs. I think its because the perception is that they are labor intensive? I’m not going to write this and say that they are not, but these Lentil Meatballs come together quickly when everything is cooked and ready to go. Cook everything a day in advance if you have to and then just blend, scoop and bake.
The first time I made these we had them with spaghetti and a quickly homemade marinara sauce. It was absolutely delicious. I think these would be great on a sandwich, soaked in marinara sauce, by themselves, or even in a barbecue sauce. They hold together well and have a great consistency. If you really want to fancy it up, whip up some homemade pasta and serve these on top with a fabulous sauce. Either way, you’re going to love these.
When I said they come together quickly if everything is cooked in advance, I meant it. The binder in this recipe is caramelized onions. If you’ve ever caramelized onions, they take some time. If you try and rush it or turn the heat higher, they will go from caramelized to burnt. That is not the flavor we are going for. So, caramelize the onions, cook the carrots and lentils ahead of time. Then, add to the food processor and blend or process until combined but they still have some texture. We don’t want a puree here. Fold in the breadcrumbs, scoop and bake. Voila. Homemade meatballs
9 ingredients isn’t difficult is it? I didn’t think so.
I hope you all love this recipe. If you make it, please be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook @plantiful_grub and leave a comment and rating on my website.