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Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

Char Nolan - Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

This event was on Tuesday, September 06, 2022 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join Chef Char Nolan in her virtual office as she welcomes all of your questions. This event was created for you and we encourage you to ask anything – from cooking techniques to cou… Read More.



How do I make my no meat meatballs stick together. When simmering them in sauce they soften and turn mushy.?

— Charisse Lindsey


So there's a couple of tricks. One is I like to use a flax egg. That's my favorite and make sure that when you make the flax egg and you incorporate it into your mixture that it has been Incorporated really really well. You're going to use your hands to make sure that it gets in there and then I like to cover it. And put it in the refrigerator for about a half an hour 45 minutes. And then when it comes out, I use a scooper like a two ounce ice cream scoop. And then before you put them in let them set again and I guarantee you that you will make beautiful delicious meatballs that do not fall apart. However, you can also do this. You can also bake them first. So you put them on a sheet pan bake them for about I'm gonna say between 23 to 25 minutes. If you like them crispy and then once they've cooled then put them in the sauce. So being of Italian Heritage when my grandmother would make her meatball. She always put hers right in the sauce. So that's how I make my bean balls, but then I have a lot of other friends who like to bake them first. So you do have that alternative but flaxseed meal is the ticket. Hope that helps
Char Nolan

Char Nolan

Chef Instructor