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Vegan Christmas – vegan Swedish meatballs with rose pepper and thyme

28.11.2014 18:18

Meatballs are a must on every Swedish Christmas table. Let’s make them vegan! These are inspired by my grandmother’s recipe, and includes loads of rosé pepper.


  • 1 tbsp chia seeds, soaked in 5 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1 medium sized red beet, peeled and finely shredded
  • 1.5 tbsp. rose pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 200 grams firm, plain tofu, mashed with a fork until grainy
  • ˝ cup chickpea flower
  • ˝ cup of almond flour on a plate, to coat


  1. Soak the chia seeds in the water (it will gelify after a few minutes which help the other ingredients to bind)
  2. Prepare the chopping (garlic), shredding (red beet) and mashing (tofu).
  3. Bring a frying pan to low heat and add half of the olive oil, the garlic, the thyme and the red beets. Fry for three minutes while stirring..
  4. Add the rose pepper, the salt and the tofu and forcefully mash it all together with a fork while frying for another few minutes. Remove the pan from the stove and add the chickpea flour and the chia-gel. Continue to manually mash with the fork until you have a mixture firm enough to form meatballs. It is fine to add a little more flour or water to get to the right consistency.
  5. Place the almond flour on a plate. Using your hands, form small meatballs of the beet/tofu mixture, roll them in the almond flour and set aside on a plate. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. Add the remaining olive oil to a frying pan and bring it to medium heat. Add the meatballs and fry for a few minutes on each side. Roll them around occasionally, to make sure they don't burn. Add a little more salt before serving.

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