Vegetarian Meatballs

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No one ever knows these are vegetarian. These also make great cocktail meatballs in a slow cooker with sweet and sour, Asian, or barbecue sauce.


  • 9 large eggs eggs
  • 5 cups bread crumbs
  • 3 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • 3 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 6 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons salt


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.

Mix eggs, bread crumbs, walnuts, Cheddar cheese, onions, cottage cheese, oil, garlic, basil, and salt together in a bowl with your hands until thoroughly blended. The batter will be very stiff.

Chill mixture in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.

Roll into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes, turn meatballs, and continue to bake for another 8 minutes.

Preparation time: 30 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 1 hr 50 mins
Servings: 16 – Yield: 80 meatballs



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