Monday, September 13, 2010

Tofu balls...

I am the proud owner of Jamie oliver's book- (the new one- Jamie does Spain, Italy, Sweden, Morocco, France and Greece). More than 70% of this book contains non vegetarian dishes and me being a hard core vegetarian (funny part is I am allergic to eggs...LOL) can only gaze at all the photos and pages. One recipe caught my eyes- Mini meatballs. I decided to make this with crumbled tofu instead of minced meat and did as stated in the book. I was quite skeptical when I started making this dish. I stuck to the recipe and boy, it paid off- The tofu balls turned out amazing and vanished within seconds...


olive oil
a small bunch of fresh parsley
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
5 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped 
(original recipe calls only for 2 cloves) 
250g crumbled tofu
50g fine bread crumbs 
(original recipe calls only for 25g)
salt and ground pepper
(original recipe calls for sea salt)
1 small dried chilli 
2 large ripe tomatoes

There are a lot of minor adjustments I made to this recipe. The recipe calls for egg yolk, which I omitted as I am allergic. Instead, I used extra bread crumbs. Jamie uses spanish extra virgin olive oil for this recipe. I just used plain olive oil.

Preparation- Heat some olive oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Fry some onions (use half portion of onions) and chopped parsley for few minutes. As the onions start to soften, add half portion of the chopped garlic. Fry for few more minutes, until the onion is completely softened. Transfer them to a large mixing bowl and leave it to cool completely.  Once the onions are cooled, add the crumbled tofu, bread crumbs, some chopped parsley leaves, dried chilli, salt and pepper. Use your hands to shape them into lemon-sized balls. Pop them in fridge to firm for half an hour. 

When the tofu balls are ready get them out of fridge. Heat some water in a pan. As the water starts to boil, drop in the tomatoes. After a minute or so, you will see the skin has cracked. Fish them out of water with tongs and allow them to cool. Once cooled, discard the skin, squeeze out the seeds and finely chop the flesh. Put a pan on high heat and add a good amount of olive oil.  Add the tofu balls and fry them for 10 minutes till they are brown. Add the remaining chopped onions and garlic. Fry for a couple of minutes. Add the chopped tomato and keep shaking and stirring. Simmer for around 5 minutes until the onions are soft and cooked. Transfer everything to a serving dish, season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over some olive oil and scatter over the rest of the parsley leaves. 



  1. Looks wonderfull like meatballs. I wish I could just pick one out of the photo and try!

  2. These tofu balls sound delicious! I love most things tofu. I do make tofu balls with fish and they are delicious.

  3. Your tofu meatballs look so moist compared to mine. I was afraid to add the tofu meatballs to my sauce for fear that they would disintegrate. The ingredients resemble the ones I used in adapting my mom's original meatball recipe. Your tofu meatballs look delicious, and your post inspires make a batch.
    Thanks for sharing,

  4. LOL! I just got few cooking books from Jamie Oliver too!!! I adore his cooking too! this looks scrumptious!

  5. @ Anna, You won't believe if I said that I was afraid to add the tomatoes and onion for fear that they would disintegrate and become one mushy brown stuff...But gotta give it to Jamie- because he insists that we put the tofu balls in the fridge for half an hour so that they would harden and take the sauce without breaking!

  6. tofu meatballs looks so good. i like making my own tofu balls rather than buying the pre-made ones.



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