As you are planning your holiday menu, this recipe is a fun festive one and a great option for your vegan/vegetarian guests. Our Cranberry Holiday Sauce adds a sweet and tangy taste, and is the perfect accompaniment to our Vegetarian Lentil Meatballs. Make sure to add this recipe to your holiday menu for a truly special seasonal twist.
A flavorful and festive experience that blends wholesome ingredients and culinary creativity!
These meatballs are a breeze to whip up with just a handful of basic ingredients, and pack a scrumptious punch of flavor and texture in every bite. We used green lentils because we like their peppery earthy flavor with the sweetness of the cranberry sauce, but this recipe is adaptable to any of our five varieties of lentils. The Cranberry Sauce is half cranberry and half bbq sauce, to create a truly delicious sweet and tangy sauce. The tartness of the cranberries adds a little kick to the sweetness of the bbq sauce, and it's stickiness makes it a great glaze for these vegetarian meatballs.
We like the Cranberry Sauce for a little extra festive touch, but you can also just serve the meatballs with mashed potatoes. These Vegetarian Lentil Meatballs with Cranberry Holiday Sauce could be used as a stellar entree or a delightful appetizer for your next holiday meal. Serve with toothpicks!
Also it's a great time to buy lentils with our holiday sale! Shop our Artisan Bundle with four varieties of our lentils at 20% off right now. Also let us know what you think of our recipe in the comments below. Enjoy!
*Tip we used a blender, as we don't have a food processor and the meatballs turned out great.
Vegetarian Lentil Meatballs with Cranberry Holiday Sauce
Savor the simplicity and rich flavors of our Vegetarian Lentil Meatballs—a quick and delightful dish made with green lentils. Perfect for any holiday gathering, these versatile meatballs can be enjoyed as a main course or appetizer. Elevate the experience with our irresistible Cranberry Holiday Sauce, enhancing every bite. Serve them in sauce or over creamy mashed potatoes for a festive feast!
1 cup dried green lentils
3 carrots, diced finely
2 tbs olive oil
½ yellow onion, diced finely
2 gloves garlic, minced
½ cup old fashion oats
¼ cup parsley, chopped
2 tbs tomato paste
1 tsp dried oregano
1 flax egg
salt and pepper to taste
½ can cranberry sauce
½ cup bbq sauce
Holiday Cranberry Sauce
Cook lentils and carrots in 3 cups of water, until tender about 20 minutes. Drain.
In a medium pan saute in oil, garlic, onion and tomato paste for 3-5 minutes, set aside.
In a food processor combine oats and parsley. Pulse a few times to break up oats.
Add lentil, carrots and onion mixture. Also add flax egg and seasonings. Pulse until combined.
Let rest for 10 minutes or overnight.
Preheat over to 425 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, using a scoop, scoop balls on to pan. Mist top of “meatballs” with oil. Bake for 10 minutes, turn and bake for another 10.
Serve warm and enjoy!
Cranberry Holiday Sauce
In a small sauce pan, combine ingredients on medium heat until boiling. Poor over “meatballs” and serve.