Hi everyone! Haven't posted in a while, so here's something you don't have to have a pressure cooker or a smoker to make.
I ran across this recipe while looking for a new quinoa recipe. It's relatively quick and easy to prepare, fairly healthy, and is a great substitution if you're craving pizza but don't want to deal with the dripping grease. Once you get past the fact that the pre-baked mixture looks an awful lot like ground beef, you'll devour these as fast as we did.
Quinoa Pizza Balls
- 2 cups cooked red beans, well drained
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- ⅔ cup tomato paste
- 3 Tablespoons breadcrumbs
- ½ teaspoon hot sauce
- ¾ cup parsley, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- a pinch of garlic powder (or 1 minced garlic clove)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- salt, black pepper to taste
- 18 ½-inch cubes mozzarella (see notes)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Mash beans in a food processor or with an immersion blender. Add remaining ingredients and mix with a spoon.
- Take 2 tablespoons of mixture and place in the palm of your hand. Place a cube of mozzarella in the center of the mixture and wrap the mixture around the mozzarella to form a ball. Continue this process until there is no more mixture.
- Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in preheated oven about 30 minutes. Let cool a little bit before removing from a cookie sheet because they can break easily when they are hot.
- Serve as an appetizer with a dipping sauce or as a sandwich filler or even on top of pasta.
These were really surprisingly good. I might try putting some chopped up turkey pepperoni in them next time.
My mozzerella cubes were on the small side, by design, and this made 28 pieces.
It's a LOT easier to work with the mixture if your hands are a little bit wet. I rinsed mine off about every 4th ball when I was making them.