These were called kidney beans ball! I have no clue who gave this dish such an unsuitable name! These were supposed to replace meatballs dishes, but to me these look more like puff pastry replacements. So here we go with my vegetarian meatballs replacement dish which turned out to be something else than what I wanted, but still yummy all the same! Biscuits!
I love beans but I am pretty bored of just using them plain in salads or various cooked dishes and sauces and I feel kidney beans are the best consumed in winter. I try to eat as many vegetables as I can during the cold seasons, but I can’t always find good quality vegetables so I go for food in cans or frozen one when there is no other choice. In any case, I try to avoid meat as much as I can and I have discovered so many awesome vegetarian recipe. Luckily, in Switzerland we get all sorts of options in supermarkets!
- 1 can of red beens (400gr)
- 250gr of soft cheese (I used cottage cheese)
- 200gr flour (or as much as you need to get your composition ready to be cut/shapes into balls)
- 250gr butter (but you can use less if you don’t want them so buttery, I def used less, and I added them step by step and mixed and matched according to the fluidity of my dough)
- I felt some green was in order so I used some parsley and a bit of onion (not green but tasty)
- 1 egg (to wash the balls at the end)
- cheese to sprinkle on top (according to preference, I used Gruyere on one tray and Parmesan on the second tray)
- some salt and pepper
You will need to crush the red beens until it becomes a smooth paste (at this point I have also added the mushrooms as I have used a blender). Add the cheese and mix well. And the butter (melted if possible) and flour and mix well until you obtain a red dough/paste. Let it cool for 20 minutes in the fridge and the take it out, make it flat or as thick as you want the balls to me. The last step is to cut shapes out of it (I have decided to go for a regular glass and make them flat, as I could not be bothered to turn these into balls). Add in a tray with baking paper and wash them all with the egg. Add some cheese on top and leave in the oven until brown. (I used mine at 200°C for 25 minutes). I pared my balls with some steamed vegetables. (sounds kinky, sorry about this)
Voila! Easy peasy!
Next time I will add some other ingredients. And maybe make real veggies balls, less flour.
Any cool recipes you guys have to offer with kidney beans? One that is not salad in whatever form! Thanks!
And here is the end result!