Vegan Meatball Casserole Recipe
This meatball casserole is vegan comfort food at it’s best!
I will start by saying that I don’t typically eat like this. I lean pretty hard towards whole food recipes. But my eleven year old son recently went vegetarian, and in an effort to support him and help keep him from feeling like there is a ton he “can’t have anymore“, I’ve been making more comfort foods to help ease the transition.
He loved this casserole and took the leftovers for lunch almost all week long, and if I’m being totally honest, I had about three helpings myself. The only thing that would have improved on this is, serving it with a nice mushroom gravy. But that aside, this is pretty good just on it’s own.
- Season the mashed potatoes the way you like them. If you think they need more butter or less milk, make those adjustments. You really want the mashed potatoes to be to your liking. So use my recipe as a jumping off point, and then season from there as you wish.
- Use any vegan cheese you wish. I used Daiya pepper jack cheese here, but a milder flavor would be wonderful too. A cheddar would definitely be good here as well. The sky’s the limit!
WHAT IS A CASSEROLE?
Technically, the word casserole refers to the dish itself. But we’ve come to call the food cooked inside it a casserole, while calling the pan a casserole dish. Basically, anything you cook in a casserole pan can be called a casserole. But for the most part, dishes cooked in these types of pans are more stew-like in nature. Something like a pot pie, or creamy pasta bake.
WHAT ARE THE THREE MAIN PARTS OF A CASSEROLE?
In traditional cooking, a casserole would normally be comprised of a base, cubed meat and grated cheese. But vegans obviously take a different approach by substituting the meat with something else as well as using dairy free vegan cheese. But honestly, a casserole doesn’t have to play by these rules. Many casseroles avoid any number of those traditional components and they are still considered casseroles.
Casserole dishes typically do not have a lid. The only cover sometimes used to help avoid burning during the latter part of baking is usually aluminum foil. Some casseroles do come with travel lids, but you wouldn’t use them in the oven during baking.
DOES A CASSEROLE HAVE TO BE BAKED?
Typically, casseroles are baked in the oven. However, that doesn’t mean it HAS to be baked to be considered a casserole. There are uncooked or raw casseroles that never see the inside of an oven.
CAN I USE A CAKE PAN AS A CASSEROLE DISH?
The short answer is, yes. Any oven-safe pan with tall enough sides can be used for a casserole recipe.
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VEGAN MEATBALL CASSEROLE RECIPE:
A delicious, comforting casserole for special occasions.
- 2 packages Gardien Meatballs
- 2 lb. russet potatoes
- 1/2 cup vegan butter
- 1/2 cup almond milk (plus more as needed for consistency)
- 1/2 tsp. salt (plus more to taste as needed)
- 1 cup shredded vegan cheese (I used Daiya Pepper Jack, but any flavor will work)
Place meatballs in an ungreased casserole dish and back to package directions.
In a separate pot, boil the potatoes until finished.
When done, drain the potatoes and return them to the pot.
Mash them with a potato masher, and then stir in the butter, almond milk and salt, adjusting all for taste and texture to your liking.
Cover the meatballs with mashed potatoes and then sprinkle on a layer of cheese.
Return to the oven for approximately 15 minutes, or however long it takes the cheese to melt.
Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.