Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Swedish Meat-less-balls with Creamy Gravy

So what are we swedes know for more than IKEA, blondes and Volvo. Meatballs! Here is my version of the classic swedish dish, Meat-less-balls.

Eating the meat-less-balls in true swedish fashion they are best served with boiled potatoes, creamy gravy and ofcourse lingonberry jam

Swedish Meat-less-balls
You will need:
300g Vegan mince or TVP, 1 Vegetable stock cube, 1dl (½cup) Bread crumbs, 2tbs Soy sauce, 250ml Dairy free cooking cream, 2tsp Black pepper, Egg replacer equilliant of 2 eggs and Your favourite spices (I prefer grill / bbq, paprika powder, 3mix peppers)

  • Start by preparing your vegan mince, boil with the water just covering it also adding the vegetable stock (additional spices can be added if more flavour is wanted, recommended)
  • In a bowl mix bread crumbs with the dairy free cooking cream, soy sauce, egg replacer and your favourite spices. Taste! 
  • Leave to set for 5min, it should turn into a thick paste, if to runny add more bread crumbs and leave to set for a few more minutes.
  • Drain your mince and add it to the bread crumb mix. If the mix is too hot, just leave to cool down, before rolling into small round balls. 
  • Leave to set for 10minutes. (this will help preventing them falling apart when frying)
  • Fry them in batches on a medium to high heat, using a well greased pan, that will make it easier and help to keep their shape and give you help with getting a good base for you creamy gravy. Once the meat-less-balls get a small crust and a deep golden colour they are ready to serve.

Creamy Gravy
You will need:
Grease from frying your meatballs, 250ml Dairy free cooking cream, 1-2tbs Soy sauce, Small amounts of the same spices you used in the meat-less-balls and Water if needed.
  • After frying your meat-less-balls add you dairy free cooking cream straight into the pan and lower the heat.
  • Use a whisk and add the soya sauce and spices. Taste! If too thick add water to dilute.

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  1. Ugh..what would vegan mince be made of? We dont get any ready to use vegan products here and not that I'd want to use store bought stuff all the time...

  2. Hello Raw Girl!
    The vegan mince are usually made from rehydrated soy potein or from TVP (textured vegetable protein). It can usually be found in vegetarian shops or health food shops. Either dried fror the user to rehydrate and spice or frozen already rehydrated. Where are you from? I could google around a see what I could find for you if you want to.

    // The Vegan Swedes (Emma)

  3. Hi there!
    I just found your blog,and Love it!
    Do you think that I can use Tofu as the vegan mince? or I am not shore what mince is? Maybe nuts will be an alternative in these balls? Nut balls ;)I think I will try boths .Thanks for many fantastic receipts! I must try to translate many of these into Norwegian soon ;)

    1. Oh so your Norwegian, hello neighbour ;)
      The mince is a fake mince meat. Can be found as something called TVP (textured soy/or vegetable protein) If you go to your local health food store they could probs help you out. Or google for a vegetarian online shop in norway and I bet you can find something good. If not maybe try if this great swedish óne can deliver to you.
      Thanks for the read
      //Emma @The Vegan Swedes