The Meatball Shop in Manhattan sells dozens of meatballs, but some of their most popular varieties don’t actually contain meat.1 It’s not the only restaurant jumping on the meatless meatball trend. Furniture giant IKEA added veggie balls to their deli menus as an eco-friendly alternative to their high-carbon-footprint Swedish meatballs.2
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The concept of meatless meatballs may sound like an oxymoron, but when done well, they’re delicious – light, crunchy, and zinging with surprising flavor combinations. If you already love meatballs, it’s time to discover meatless varieties. And if you have a limited diet – whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free – there’s nothing more versatile than a meatball. You can swap out ingredients to suit your dietary needs, use a variety of different cooking methods, and serve them on pasta, in soup, as sliders, and in numerous other ways. Read on to learn how to master the delightful meatless meatball.