“ Brand: Quorn / Type: Vegetarians „
I got these the other day as the quorn products were on offer in Sainsburys at 3 for £5.00 which was a great bargain, as each thing I got is the main component of a whole meal.
These usually cost £2.29 for 180g, I counted 10 balls in our pack.
The balls come in a plastic carton with a film lid, and a cardboard outer sleeve. On the inside of the cardboard there was a 30p off your next mini balls purchase, and a recipe idea, which I thought was handy.
The balls are made from the usual mycro protein which is some sort of mushroom derivative I think. They are not suitable for vegans though as they have dried egg white as one of the ingredients.
The nutritional info says that per ball there is: 2.1g protein, 1.8g carbs, 2g fat, 0.8g fibre and 0.1g sodium. I would say that isn't too bad.
I made these with spaghetti and a tomato sauce. Which was actually very similar to the recipe on the inside of the card, but I can't imagine how else to eat these balls, maybe that is just my lack of imagination.
To cook these it says to just add them to the sauce for a few minutes while it's simmering. I'm not sure if you can freeze these, but they usually have a pretty long expiry date on them, so I have never felt the need to, but I imagine you would have to defrost completely before cooking if you did.
The taste of the balls was actually a lot better than I expected, a lot of quorn products are very bland, but these were quite tasty, I wouldn't say they were a taste explosion or anything but they were pretty good. They had the consistency of a quorn burger, they were a bit tough but easy to break up with a fork. I could taste the herbs in them and I think there is sage in there and it made me think of stuffing balls! Me and my husband got 5 balls each, and with the pasta they were really filling.
I would definitely buy these again, as they were quite tasty and made a nice change. They are very easy to cook, and with a packet of these it's easy to make a meal by adding spaghetti and a tomato sauce.
I found these new Quorn 'Mini Balls' in the chilled food section of my local supermarket last week. It said they were new, and as a lot of the chilled Quorn products were on offer for 3 for £5.00, I decided to give them a try. They should be £2.49 normally, so with two other products aswell I thought I was getting a good deal.
I am a vegetarian and I must admit, I do rely on Quorn to meet my protein requirements. I occasionally buy soya and tofu, but I like the fact that most of the Quorn range has been processed in some way to give it more flavour and I can usually find a veggie alternative to whatever im cooking for my partner, e.g. mince, sausages, fajita strips, breaded goujons, slices of quorn meat etc. I'm not going to get into the whole vegetarian debate, and I know different people avoid meat for different reasons, but I personally like the fact that the Quorn products mimic the taste and texture of real meat.
For anyone who hasn't tried Quorn before it is made from Mycoprotein, which is a member of the fungi family (like mushrooms). It is high in protein and low in fat. Depending on which products you go for (and how you cook them), Quorn is generally low in calories, fat and cholesterol. I know a lot of meat eaters who occasionally buy Quorn as a low fat alternative to meat. I haven't eaten meat for over 10 years, so even though I think Quorn really tastes like meat, you may not think im the best judge! However, my boyfriend, who is a real carnivore, assures me that even though he would never give up meat, that he actually prefers the texture of quorn mince in chillis and shepherds pie.
I regularly buy the Quorn mince, but cannot really make meatball myself from it, as they dont seem to hold together properly like real meat would. I have bought the frozen bags of Quorn Italian Balls and not particularly enjoyed them in the past. I don't know if it is because they were frozen, but however I cooked them, they always ended up really hard and tasted like cardboard, so I was interested to see if these new balls were an improved recipe.
The pack is the normal distinctive yellow/orange cardboard, with a picture of the 'meat' balls and spaghetti on the front. You are informed that these are 'Delicious hot or cold and incredibly versatile.... Great with pasta or eat as a snack straight from the pack'
Once the pack is opened you find a plastic tray with 11 small meatballs nestled inside under a plastic film lid. Inside the cardboard packaging is a voucher for 30p off your next purchase, and a recipe for 'Quorn balls in tomato sauce with spaghetti'.
I have the choice whether to cook the balls under the grill for 6 minutes (for best results) or in a sauce on the hob for 10 minutes. I decide to try the recipe on the pack (as this is what I was going to do with them anyway). This involved frying onion and garlic in a frying pan, adding a tin of chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, a stock cube and tsp of sugar. Simmering for 10 mins before adding the Quorn balls for a final 5 minutes. Serve with spaghetti, and with a sprinkle of basil, you're done.
In my opinion, these 'meat' balls were 100% better than the frozen version they still produce. Even though the balls are described as 'mini' I really think they are bigger than the frozen Italian balls, and have so much more flavour. After comparing the ingredients with the Italian balls, this may be because they have increased the percentage of mycoprotein, added a lot more seasoning, and vegetable oil (which is probably why they are more succulent and less like cardboard!). Unfortunately this comes at a price as the amount of fat in the mini balls 13.6g per 100g, compared to 1g per 100g in the Italian balls!!!
Good job im not watching my weight, because I enjoyed them so much, I have bought them again this week, and looked up a new recipe on the Quorn website!!
I have posted it below for anyone who's interested!!
Quorn Mediterranean Ball Kebabs
1x 300g pack Quorn balls
3 tbsp red pesto
3 tbsp tomato purée
3 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
2 tsps sugar
salt & freshly ground black pepper
142ml carton of Greek style yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp chopped fresh parsley or coriander
1 green or yellow pepper
1 red onion
6 cherry tomatoes and 6 button mushrooms
kebab sticks - if using wooden kebab sticks soak in water for about 15 minutes before using
Place the pesto, tomato purée, 2 crushed garlic cloves, sugar and seasoning in a mixing bowl. Add the Quorn balls and mix thoroughly to coat the balls evenly. Cover and leave in the refrigerator until required.
Make the dip by mixing together the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, parsley, the remaining crushed garlic clove and seasoning. Cover and chill until required.
Cut the peppers into 2.5cm pieces and the onion into similar sized chunks.
Thread the peppers onto the skewers or kebab sticks alternating with the Quorn balls, onion, mushroom and tomatoes using 3 or 4 balls on each kebab.
Line a grill pan with oiled foil, place the kebabs onto the foil and grill for 10-15 minutes on a moderate heat turning regularly and brushing with any remaining marinade or oil if required.
Also good on the BBQ- cook for a few minutes, adjust rack height if necessary to avoid burning the marinade.