This is one of those moments where I wish we were standing in my kitchen together. We have just finished making these Zucchini Meatballs and are about to try them for the first time. You, of course, are a little leery about how they are going to taste, but I am impatiently waiting for you to give them a try. You take the first bite. I wait. Then you look at me.
Your eyes widen. A smile slowly appears, and then suddenly, you inhale the rest of the zucchini meatball sub.
Yup, I wish we were having that moment right now because I’m convinced this recipe is THAT good.
Miscommunication Made It Happen
I do most of the grocery shopping in our family, but just about every Friday evening, my husband will take a trip to wally-world by himself. He goes to pick up certain items for himself and quite often will find some good deals on organic veggies to bring home.
Every once and a while though, our communication of what we need and don’t need gets messed up. I will get an overabundance of organic carrots, avocados, or like this past weekend, zucchini. I had already purchased a few at our local market and then he brought some home too.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. It just means that I have to get a little more creative in the kitchen, and when that happens, recipes like this Zucchini Meatballs come together.
From Crab Cakes to Waffles to Meatballs
Zucchinis are just finishing up their season, so they have been on sale at just about every store. I use them in a TON of different recipes. If you type Zucchini in the search button you’ll see zucchini bread waffles, mock crab cakes, zucchini pickles, and of course a delicious zucchini bread recipe, just to name a few.
All of which are delicious and tasty recipes, but I’m tellin ya’, these Zucchini Meatballs are off the hook delicious. And they are super easy to make too!
Don’t be afraid to try them. I promise… they are packed with flavor and will have you wanting to make a second batch in no time!Print
Zucchini Meatballs – Gluten & Dairy Free
The flavor and texture of these delicious Zucchini Meatballs even took me by surprise. Very easy to make and allergy friendly.
- Prep Time: 45 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 2 dozen meatballs 1x
- Category: vegetables
- 1 1/2 cups zucchini, shredded and drained*
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped (amount of garlic to your taste)
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons oil
- 2 cups brown rice, cooked
- 1 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
- 1/3 cup gluten-free flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup oil for frying
- In a large skillet, heat 2 to 3 Tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat
- When hot, add in shredded zucchini, onion, and garlic
- Saute until onions are translucent and zucchini is soft
- Remove zucchini mixture from the heat and allow to cool for 2 to 3 minutes
- In a large food processor, place cooked rice, bread crumbs, basil, salt, and pepper
- Add in zucchini mixture and pulse a few times until well combined and mixture starts to come together (don’t over mix – you don’t want a paste mixture)
- Form mixture in desired size meatballs and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet
- Heat 1/4 to 1/3 cup of oil in large skillet over medium-high heat
- Pan-fry zucchini meatballs, adding more oil as needed
- Flip and/or rotate the meatballs so that both sides will brown
- Remove meatballs from the pan and place on a paper towel to drain
- Cover meatballs with desired sauce and use for meatballs subs or with your favorite pasta
*Shred zucchini using a grater. Places shredded zucchini in a colander, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt, and mix.
Allow the zucchini to sit for 30 minutes.
Using a milk bag or cheesecloth, place shredded zucchini inside and squeeze as much moisture out as possible.
Keywords: zucchini, meatballs, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetairan
The Sauce Is Yours
I’m not including a recipe for the tomato sauce with this because honestly, I don’t have a homemade sauce that is my favorite.
For this recipe, I chose to use a bottle of a favorite Maryland pizza place of ours. Ledo’s Pizza makes the most amazing pizza and the secret, I think is their sauce. Thankfully, one of my best friends lives in MD and will bring me a few bottles when she comes to visit.
So, for this recipe, use whatever sauce is your favorite. It’s all up to you!
Either way, I hope these Zucchini Meatballs become a family favorite in your home as they are now in mine.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Cooking!
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