Nate's Meatless Meatballs. This week, I'm testing out a new flavor: Savory Mushroom Meatless Meatballs.
I went super traditional with these and had them with spaghetti and a tomato sauce. No messing around on this one. I even followed the directions, which said to put the frozen meatballs into the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. Not that I could have changed it around too much, but whatever. I'm sure, if I put my mind to it, I could have figured out a way to modify it.
Unlike last time, where the texture was very delicate, these held together much better. More like a real-meat meatball. I would assume that's because I cooked them in the sauce instead of baking them in the oven, although I'd think that cooking them in sauce would make them more fragile. Oh well. These seemed like they were going to be a huge success. Until I put one in my mouth.
The first thing I tasted was a general weirdness. Couldn't quite place the flavor, but it wasn't mushrooms. After a few bites, I managed to convince myself that it was kinda mushroomy, but not amazing. It wasn't a bad flavor, just not great. I ate the rest of the meatless meatballs on my plate, but left the remainders for my exchange student to bring to school for lunch.
Texture - very similar to a real-meat meatball
Flavor - Not very mushroomy, just… odd.
Final grade for this attempt: C-