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Veggie Balls

Family Meals
  • Makes 15 Portions
  • Suitable for freezing
  • Preparation 30 minutes
  • 15 minutes cooking time
  • 140 C°, 275 F°, Gas Mark 1

Ingredients

  • 1 large white potato (about 440 g/15 oz)
  • 40g / 1½oz dried or Panko breadcrumbs
  • 50g / 2oz carrot, grated
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • 50g / 2oz brown mushrooms, chopped
  • 40g / 1½oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweet chilli sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil

 

Method

  1. Prick the potato and bake it in the microwave for 7-10 minutes until soft. Leave to cool, then cut it in half and scoop out the flesh – you will need 250 g/9 oz potato.
  2. Put the cool potato and remaining ingredients (except the flour and the oil) in the bowl of a food processor and blitz until chopped. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, season lightly with salt and pepper (if using) and shape it into 15 equal-sized balls.
  3. Place the flour in a bowl and lightly coat the balls in flour. Transfer them to plate and chill for 15 minutes.
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan until hot. Fry the balls for about 2 minutes until golden all over and heated through. Serve with cucumber sticks and halved cherry tomatoes, or a mayonnaise dip with sweet chilli sauce.

These little balls are a fantastic way to pack in veggies and are ideal finger food. They are also ideal for batch-cooking and freezing, in readiness for those busy days. Just pop them in a plastic freezer box, separating each layer with greaseproof paper, and reheat from frozen in the oven or microwave.

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