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Zucchini Ricotta “Meat”balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | April 14th, 2017 | Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
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So, if I made sausage meatballs as a treat for my husband, it should seem obvious that I made something veggie based as a treat for myself. Don’t get me wrong, I found the Cheesy Sausage Balls to be quite tasty. But after eating 4 or 5 of them, I was all set. These zucchini “meat”balls, well, that’s another story. I could’ve eaten many, many more of them.

I am intrigued by the ways that I can take veggies and transform them from a side dish into this whole new entrée. For example, when you think of zucchini, you probably picture slices of it, steamed or grilled with onions. They are tasty that way, but honestly they aren’t all that exciting.

So, when I can take zucchini and turn it into something different, I love it. Not only do I love that it gains flavor but also that it becomes a heartier version of itself. And it doesn’t have to become heartier with a ton of calories, just a few simple additions can make it into something more satisfying.

I found these meatballs to be utterly delicious on their own. If you prefer to dip your meatballs, I would suggest serving them with some marinara. You also could place the meatballs into the marinara, if you’re hoping to disguise the zucchini. I don’t think it will work, but it’s worth giving it a try. Perhaps getting a tentative diner to taste them before seeing them might get him or her to accept that zucchini meatballs aren’t something to be feared.

Zucchini Ricotta “Meat”balls

Yields 20
A creative way to eat more zucchini


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Prep Time
15 min

Cook Time
15 min

Total Time
30 min

Prep Time
15 min

Cook Time
15 min

Total Time
30 min

Ingredients
  1. 2 small zucchini
  2. ¼ cup ricotta
  3. 1 egg
  4. 2 tsp. garlic powder
  5. 1 tsp. dried basil
  6. ¼ cup parmesan
  7. ¼ cup dried breadcrumbs
  8. Salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grate zucchini on the course side of a box grater.
  3. Combine 2 cups grated zucchini, ricotta, egg, garlic powder, basil, parmesan, and breadcrumbs in a large bowl; mix well.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  5. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Form into meatballs, about the size of a walnut.
  7. Place meatballs on prepared tray.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Serve as is or with marinara.
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