A couple of weeks ago we posted the recipe for basic vegan egg bites in the Instant Pot. Not satisfied with just leaving it at that, we experimented with making completely vegan meatball-stuffed egg bites in the Instant Pot, and we have to say that it was a roaring success!
[You can see our original Completely Vegan and Delicious Egg Bites in the Instant Pot easy recipe here.]
Now, it’s pretty hard to find completely vegan and gluten-free meatballs, but it is possible. For example, the Ikea vegan veggie balls. If you are vegan and also truly gluten-free, and don’t have an Ikea handy, then another option is to buy the Beyond Burger 16oz block (by which we mean ‘not formed into patties’) and roll it into meatballs. If you don’t need to be 100% gluten-free, the Quorn, Gardein, or 365 brand vegan meatballs will work well for this. And yes, you can use them straight from the freezer. :~)
For this recipe you will need egg bite molds, and we use these silicone egg bite molds.
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Here’s the recipe!
Vegan Gluten-Free Meatball-Stuffed Egg Bites in the Instant Pot
One bottle of Just Egg*
Neutral-flavored cooking spray or oil
7 vegan meatballs (or however many spaces your egg bite mold has)
Neutral-flavored cooking spray or oil
Herbs and spices to taste
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
*You can buy Just Egg at Whole Foods, and in many other health food stores, or you can order Just Egg through Amazon here. At a local store you will find it in the refrigerated section.
Just Egg Vegan Eggs
Spray or wipe the egg bite molds with cooking spray or oil.
Open the bottle of Just Egg, remove the foil seal, and put into the bottle whatever herbs or spices, and salt and pepper, you want. We used some tarragon and marjoram, along with a bit of salt and pepper.
Put the lid back on the bottle and shake it.
Mix the Herbs and Spices Right in the Bottle – Easy Peasy
Pour the Just Egg mixture into the egg bite molds, filling the molds 1/3 to 1/2 full.
Place a meatball in the center of each mold.
Fill the molds the rest of the way with the Just Egg mixture.
Cover the egg bites mold loosely with foil, and set it on the rack that came with your Instant Pot. Line the handles of the rack up with the petals of the egg bites mold so that the handles fit over the mold easily.
Put a cup of water in your Instant Pot, and ease the rack with the foil-covered egg bites mold into the Instant Pot.
Lock the lid on, close the vent, and press the Steam (not the Manual!) button, setting it for 11 minutes if you are using frozen meatballs, 10 minutes if your meatballs are not frozen.
Natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure, and open your Instant Pot.
Here’s how we remove this from the Instant Pot (note that in this picture instead of foil we have used the lid which comes with the mold, but we have found that foil works better for this recipe):
Removing Rack with Egg Bites Mold from Instant Pot
Remove foil, and let cool for a few minutes.
Remove meatball egg bites from mold – we use a spoon to do this as they do not tend to want to pop out easily, and you will smash them into mush trying to get them to do so. Instead, scoop them out with a spoon.
Voila! Vegan Meatball-Stuffed Egg Bites!
These are yummy on their own, but to bring them up to a whole new level serve them with a tasty sauce such as Chipotle Bitchin’ Sauce (on the right), or even just some good organic ketchup! (We really like Annie’s Organic Ketchup.)
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