Recipe by spatchcock
These are really good either straight from the pan or thawed and reheated. I don't think many meat lovers will miss the meat in these. I just ate them plain, but you could freeze them with sauce and reheat the whole recipe.
Top Review by Katie S.
I made a few changes to this recipe. Instead of breadcrumbs I used crushed herb and garlic croutons. I also used the crushed croutons mixed with grated parmesan cheese to coat the rice balls instead of wheat germ. They turned out delicious! However I didn't like them with spaghetti, I think they were great on their own, or would go well with some kind of mushroom sauce. I had no problems with the rice balls falling apart, and I chopped my onions by hand. I would suggest cooking them until the outside is nice and crispy, as the taste and texture is much better that way.
- 2 cups cooked long-grain rice (I used brown)
- 1⁄2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 onion, finely chopped (be sure to chop this very finely, or your meatballs won't hold together well!)
- 1⁄4 cup dry packaged breadcrumbs
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (I used at least 1/2 tsp)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1⁄2 cup wheat germ (I ran out of wheat germ halfway through and used quick oats. Not the same, but it worked ok!)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Directions See How It's Made
- In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except wheat germ and vegetable oil. Again, make sure you REALLY chopped your onions very finely or they will make your "meat"balls fall apart.
- Cover and chill mixture well, at least 1 hour, in fridge.
- Shape mixture into meatballs and roll each in wheat germ/oats (my last resort, but they turned out fine!) to coat.
- Heat oil in a (preferably) nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Cook the meatballs in the oil for 8-10 minutes, turning carefully, until light golden brown.
- Drain meatballs on paper towels.
- Flash freeze on a pan in the freezer, then put in freezer bags. To reheat, microwave for a few minutes or put on pan and reheat in oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
- Or, gently mix meatballs with spaghetti sauce (jarred or homemade) and place in heavy duty ziplock freezer bags and freeze. To serve this way, just thaw a bit in the fridge and then reheat and serve with pasta.