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Feb 8, 2008 04:53 PM

TJ's meatless meatballs

I love trader joes meatless meatballs. For anyone who has had them, they have a very strong spice taste. Any idea what herbs/spices they are using? Thanks!

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  1. Probably thyme and oregano. But I usually heat them up with some BBQ sauce and that pretty much negates any spice flavor!

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      1. Those meatless meatballs are really are good. We keep them on hand all the time.

        I'm not sure of the spice blend. It's good, but also at times annoyingly overpowering. For example, if you want to use with a red sauce and pasta, I would recommend against heating them together as the meatball spice will overpower the sauce. One too many times I found myself going "Hey, I wanted to taste the sauce too, not just the meatballs!" So I try to make sure we heat them separately now. For something like a meatball sandwich, it probably doesn't matter as much. We are happy these remain a TJ's staple.

        BTW, while you're picking up meatless stuff in the frozen section, don't forget the Vegetable Masala Burgers. Really different, not trying to replace a meat burger, and all the better for it. I keep worrying these will be discontinued, but they've lasted a year or more now so it looks good. :-)

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        1. re: CrazyOne

          Oh my goodness the Vegetable Masala burgers need a thread of their own - they are my fave TJs item and I'm also aprehensive they will disappear some day!

          To keep on topic, I am going to try these meatless meatballs. I'm always on the lookout for good vegetarian items.

          1. re: swissgirl

            I love TJ's veggie masala burgers too. They have quite a kick for frozen veggie burgers.

          2. re: CrazyOne

            I cook them in the toaster oven so that they're slightly crispy on the outside, then add them to the sauce at the last minute. They are good.

          3. I love both products! I use the meatballs in my Veggie Stroganoff. Yummm...

            1. No, but I love 'em too. Add it to some of their marinara sauce, and you've got the makings for a fantastic lunch. I imagne it's just the usual blend of Italian seasonings, oregano, thyme, etc.