Meatballs with chickpeas and chard with avocado cream

Meatballs with chickpeas and chard with avocado cream: vegan recipe easy

Today a delicious aperitif and chic for a fun dinner with friends: chickpea and chard meatballs, with avocado cream. Surprise your friends, When they dip the croquettes in the sauce, saying that it is a dish not only vegetarian, But even vegan. I'm sure that will delight even those who, usual, He does not want to give up meat. They are peas and beets meatballs (I cooked in the oven but you can also FRY) with a ' dip ', or a sauce, made of avocado, lime juice and shallot. In practice, a simplified version of the delicious Guacamole SALSA, Mexican-born but now very popular in Italy.

A sauce, but very good. Indeed, I recommend you also serve some slices of toast on which spread the sauce once the meatballs are over. chickpeas, like all legumes, They should enter our menu at least twice a week and, if you like, have a look at all my RECIPES WITH CHICKPEAS.

The secret of this dish, It is to make the mixture stand for chickpea patties and beets in the refrigerator several hours or even overnight, so you can prepare in advance. So it will become drier and more compact and you can work it more easily. If you use canned chickpeas (Although I recommend using those buckets, put them to soak and boil them) It prepares everything in a flash. Simply blend it all together, both croquettes, both the avocado cream.

Serve these hot vegan meatballs with the cold sauce and match them to a Franciacorta Docg or a Bardolino Chiaretto, I'm sure you'll like the pairing. And take a look at all my RECIPES OF MEATBALLS and of course all my VEGAN RECIPES. And now I wish you good day!


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  • 250 grams of boiled chickpeas
  • half an onion
  • 200 grams of spinach or Swiss chard, already cooked and well squeeze
  • salt and pepper: to taste
  • 120 grams of crumbs in the water wet bread and wrung
  • the tip of a teaspoon curry
  • a pinch of paprika
  • a pinch of paprika
  • extra virgin olive oil: to taste
  • breadcrumbs: just enough for the Breading
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 lime
  • 1 shallot
  • salt and pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil as required


For the chickpeas and chard meatballs: Sauté the chopped shallots in a pan with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, then add the beets boil and let her flavor, seasoning with salt and pepper, for a few minutes. Put the chickpeas in a blender, bread in wet box in a little water and wrung out, a little oil, the spices and the mixture of beets and shallots and blend until the mixture is homogeneous. Season with salt and pepper and then the mixture in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap, for 3-4 hours. The consistency that you get should be soft but workable.

Form with hands lightly oiled dumplings a little’ crushed, then dip in bread crumbs. FRY in abundant boiling oil or, as I did to get a lighter dish, arrange the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper greased with oil, drizzle with a little oil and bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees, dry place to 15-20 minutes, Turning meatballs halfway through cooking to evenly browned.

For the avocado cream, Peel the avocado, remove the core and take him apart, then mix it with lime juice and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Thanks to the lime juice the avocado won't change color and does not oxidize, remaining bright green. Finely chop the shallot and season the cream with shallot, salt and pepper to taste. Keep covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Serve the chickpea patties and hot beets, with cold avocado cream. And Bon Appetit!

THE PAIRING: A Franciacorta Docg extra dry, produced by Winery Babak de Gaioncelli, It is our suggestion for this recipe, vegetable flavors and citrus notes. With this wine with hints of white fruits, and an acidity balanced by slight sweetish notes, pairing to play around on the edge of taste balance.

Meatballs with chickpeas and chard with avocado cream
Meatballs with chickpeas and chard with avocado cream

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Sissi 19 October 2018 at 17:29

I have a whole field of beets, white, yellow and red. Thank you, then, for this wonderful recipe!

Ada Parisi 22 October 2018 at 10:56

I envy you a lot! The beets are beautiful, good and do well! Let me know then, a warm greeting!

Raffaella March 26, 2015 at 10:46

That good Ada. Whereas I love the falafel – and these a little’ the recall – I would say try them… and my list gets longer :-p
A hug!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen March 26, 2015 at 14:53

Hello Chris! I rather the falafel I've ever eaten! I hope you like! Big hugs and good weekend!

Mila March 26, 2015 at 08:30

Recently at my house I am using much more legumes (beans in parts that I can't eat). Nice one proposal

Sicilians creative in the kitchen March 26, 2015 at 14:53

Thank You Thousand. I am using more, are good cheap and nutritious tasty. Only that I suffer a little’ of colitis so it's a tough fight… 🙂

Sara March 25, 2015 at 16:43

I love these little things delicious as an aperitif, tasty!! mi sa che a breve le proverò 🙂 un abbraccio Ada!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen March 26, 2015 at 14:56

Sara dear thanks! If I could I would do, and eat it, just little things delicious. Ma in grande quantità 🙂 Ti abbraccio

Rosy March 25, 2015 at 15:29

I love your vegan recipes!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen March 25, 2015 at 15:36

Rosy thanks! I have long been a vegetarian, currently I eat very little meat. But the vegan recipes stimulate me very, because I think it should be tasty and delicious and nice to look at as the normal ones. So it's a good challenge. And I'm glad you like them! ADA


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