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It has been a lentil-crazy week here, lemme tell you. The other day, I made about 10 cups of my Easy Vegan Thai Sweet Basil & Coconut Lentils. Then, I used some of the bountiful leftovers to make my Leftover Lentils Red Coconut Curry Beef and Bean Meatloaf (Vegan). Both are seen just above. Well, I still had FIVE CUPS of prepared lentils leftover. What to do? How many times can one person eat lentils in one week? And, while they would freeze well, my freezer is busting at the seams with leftovers. So – I decided to make party appetizers. And these are GOOD! Very easy & great for a crowd & healthy & yummy & vegan! Just mix up the ingredients, bake them for 10-15 minutes – drizzle the glaze & serve! Mmmmmm!
Vegan Lentil Meatballs in a Spicy Asian Glaze
Makes about 50 meatballs
5 cups prepared lentils in their thick sauce (or about 1/2 of this recipe – Easy Vegan Thai Sweet Basil & Coconut Lentils)
1 TBS olive oil
1 small onion – diced
10 mushrooms – chopped
3 scallions – chopped
5 TBS liquid aminos (or soy sauce or tamari)
2 eggs (whatever vegan replacer you use – I used Neategg)
1 cup panko crumbs (more or less – depending on how wet your lentils are)
2 TBD sesame oil
3 TBS vegan hoisin sauce
for the spicy Asian glaze
2/3 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 garlic cloves – minced
2 TBS liquid aminos (or soy sauce or tamari)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp ground ginger
GARNISH – sesame seeds and/or sliced scallions
for the glaze
Combine ingredients in a shaker or whisk in a bowl. Set aside.
for the meatballs
Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Prepare the lentils according to my recipe or your own favorite recipe.
In a saute pan, add the olive oil & saute the onion, mushrooms & scallions until soft.
Add the onion mix to the prepared lentils. Add the remaining ingredients for the meatballs. Make balls that are 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter & place them on a greased cooking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes -depending on how large & we they are. When they are getting crusty on the outside – taste one & be sure they are done to your liking. When they are ready, put them on a plate. Drizzle with sauce & garnish with sesame seeds & scallion slices.