Tofu Walnut Meat Balls are great served either cold or warm, plus served with Tomato Sauce or Gravy. You can throw these tofu meat balls into a typical tomato sauce and serve over pasta or as a side dish with your favorite gravy. These vegan Tofu Walnut Meat Balls are a healthy, easy to make, versatile, and delicious. They look like meat, but tastes even better.
Tofu Walnut Meat Balls’ recipe and photos are courtesy of Helen Fried of Hillsboro, Oregon. She slightly adapted the recipe from the cookbook, 7 Secrets Cookbook by Neva and Jim Brackett. Helen says, “We had our granddaughter’s wedding reception in our yard, and she requested we serve these tofu meat balls. We served them cold as finger food. Our daughter’s family is taking us on a hike for Father’s Day and she is fixing a lunch to take along. She said, “Mother, you can bring those good tofu walnut meat balls you make.” I doubled the recipe and will be taking them along – cold and as finger food.
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- 1/2 cup onion, finely diced or 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
- 4 cups soft bread crumbs (about 7 slices of bread)
- 1 1/2 cups walnuts, finely chopped
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 teaspoon sage, dried and crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Vege-Sal (Spike Brand Gourmet Natural Seasoning)
- 1 teaspoon basil leaves, dried and minced
- 1 tablespoon McKay’s Chicken Seasoning (Vegan Special, McKay’s chicken style instant broth and seasoning)
- 16- ounces brick tofu, diced
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup Bragg Liquid Aminos (better than soy sauce)*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a large baking pan.
In a non-stick or slightly-oiled frying pan, saute the onions until they being to soften but not turn color. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a blender or food processor, process the bread slices until they are soft bread crumbs. Place the onions, bread crumbs, walnuts, oats, sage, garlic powder, onion powder, Vege-Sal, basil, and McKay's Chicken Seasoning in a large mixing bowl; mix together and set aside.
In the blender, slowly blend together the diced tofu, water, and Bragg Liquid Aminos. Add additional small amounts of water if necessary. Add the prepared bread crumb mixture, mixing well. Note: The mixture will be quite moist.
Using a #70 scoop, form the mixture into small balls and place on the prepared baking pan.
Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown on top and bottom. Turn balls over after 15 minutes then continue baking an additional 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and serve.
These “meatballs” freeze nicely. The recipe can easily be cut in half, but I make a large batch to freeze.
Makes 20 servings at 4 balls per serving. I like the large recipe to have some for freezing.
* Bragg Liquid Aminos is a natural soy sauce alternative.