I have been waiting to share this recipe with you for a LONG time. Why? Because I needed to remake it and get a good picture of it that's why. Funny thing is I don't think these picture do it justice. Dang.
I tasted these at a farm party this past spring and embarrassed myself with my gluttonous inhaling of them. I asked for the recipe and luckily Peggy was able to jot it down quickly for me before we all went our separate ways for summer.
She called them Swedish Meatballs. I don't know about about you but Swedish Meatballs look disgusting and definitely NOT a barbecue nugget of goodness. My dad always came home from Moose Club dinners with Swedish Meatballs and Lutefisk on one plate and blarf I NEVER ate them. So to say I was surprised to see their name was Swedish Meatballs would be an understatement. My husband upon trying them said well without the barbecue sauce on them they COULD be Swedish Meatballs. I'll take his word for it, thankyouverymuch, I have no desire even now to try Swedish Meatballs in their white gravy that could possibly have lutefisk floating in it. So what to call them?
Vegetarian Barbecue Bites
1 medium onion chopped
1 cup of crushed corn flakes
3/4 cup chopped walnut
2 cups shredded cheese
2 TBSP oil
barbecue sauce to cover or for dipping**recipe to follow**great recipe for barbecue sauce without hfcs in it!
mix all the ingredients except oil, let stand for 30 minutes
if making barbecue sauce you can assemble it now and let it simmer on low
then over medium high heat heat 1 TBSP oil in a frying pan
make 18 patties or meatballs out of the cheese and walnut mixture
cook 9 at a time until they are browned on both sides
put them in a 9x13 baking dish
cook remaining patties the same way
pour barbecue sauce over the top
cover with foil bake 15-20 minutes
2 TBSP tomato paste
2 TBSP apple jelly or apricot or blueberry
3/4 cup of water
1 clove of garlic minced
1 drop smoke flavor if desired
drop or two of soy sauce
1 tsp of salt
dash o' pepper
dash of tabasco*optional
whisk altogether in a small sauce pan
cook over medium low heat until reduced and thick
taste and add more of any ingredients you might prefer, I like extra garlicky or soy sauce
feel free to play with it and make it yours
adding water if it is too thick to spread
Now I know some of you are thinking what the hell is with this recipe because the ingredients are so incongruous but really it works! And no one can guess what they are made of, they feel meaty when you bite them, they look nuggety and they taste fantastic! Please if you ONLY ever try one recipe from me let it be this one, yes they are that good.
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