Friday, 14 October 2011

What I make and eat #14

A little bit fiddlier than a wek night dinner, these tasty balls are perfect for when you have a little more time on your hands. At home as an appetizer with a dipping sauce, as shown, but there’s no reason at all you couldn’t serve these over pasta with a simple Tomato based sauce for a take on Spaghetti and Meatballs, or use them in a Meatball Sub type sandwich!

Herbed Smoked Tofu and Hazelnut Balls
Makes about 60

These end up looking slightly green from the herbs, but they have a smooth, nutty, smoky flavor which is accented by those herbs so the green gets to stay!
These balls are very small, perfectly bite sized for serving as a finger food appetizer, but if you want to make them larger for a plated starter (and less fiddling around) then go right ahead!

For best time management, prepare the vegetables while the nuts toast.
Prepare the balls and store in the fridge until ready to cook and serve.

Preparation Time – 10 Minutes
Cooking Time – 10 Minutes

¾ cup Hazelnuts, skins removed if possible

1 (8-ounce) packet Smoked Tofu, roughly chopped
2 Shallots, roughly chopped
¼ cup Parsley, roughly chopped
¼ cup Cilantro, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke
¼ teaspoon Coriander

4 to 6 tablespoons Soymilk

¼ cup Breadcrumbs

Canola Oil or non-stick spray to fry

In a large skillet over medium heat toast the hazelnuts for until aromatic and golden, about 5 minutes. Remove any skins by rubbing in a clean tea towel.
Transfer nuts to a food processor and pulse to a coarse mix. Wipe skillet and keep handy.
Add the tofu, shallots, parsley, cilantro, liquid smoke, coriander and 4 tablespoons soymilk to the food processor. Pulse until well combined and smooth, adding more soymilk by the teaspoon, if required.
Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl (or in the upturned lid of the food processor!) and heat a thin layer of oil (or use non-stick spray) in the skillet over medium heat.
Form the mixture into teaspoon sized balls, roll in the breadcrumbs to coat and fry until golden brown on each side, about 8 to 10 minutes in total.


Vic Robinson said...

Wow! Those sound so decadent! Very nice.

Babette said...

This looks very good! said...

Yum, those look great.