It's no secret that I love meatballs. Barely a month goes by without a new recipe. But, I'm aware that many of my blogging friends are vegetarians and can't experience the joy of popping a savory orb into their mouths. Monday, I saw a large bag of mushrooms in my fridge that needed rescue before they became slime. Then it hit me, mushroom balls. So, I made duxelles (thank God for food processors) with the mushrooms, added feta cheese, parsley, onion, and an egg. I intended to add bread crumbs, but discovered there was nary a crumb to be found in my pantry or freezer. How did that happen? Nevermind, they weren't necessary, as it turned out. The meatless balls were delicious, if I do say so myself. And I do. They looked meaty, but tasted like concentrated mushrooms. The only drawback is that without bread crumbs, the mushrooms mixture didn't go very far. I only wound up with six medium sized balls. So, I think a person would need a lot of funghi to make enough for a crowd. Adding bread does seem like a good idea next time.
These lovely balls ( I keep thinking of Alec Baldwin in the classic Shweaty Balls skit on Saturday Night Live) are meant for all vegetarians, but especially Shannon and Anne . But, you don't have to be a vegetarian to love these things.