Vegetarian chef and veggie lover Maria Tancredi is setting up her own gourmand restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission district, and she has plans to make the food from scratch.
The chef and vegetarian who has been making her own meat for years says she’s decided to make her own “meatball” for the first time in her career.
Tancredo has been experimenting with meatballs since 2013, when she started cooking a vegetarian version of the meatball that she says was “really, really good.”
She now says that the new recipe will be different than the one she used to cook for her clients.
Tancredo says she and her partner of over four years, Yvonne, are aiming to offer “a little bit of different” than traditional meatballs.
TANCREDI: They’re so big.
I’ll be making these and making them for people, so they’re not exactly the same as meatballs because they are so big, but they’re different, they’re completely different.
You can use whatever you want, so you can make it vegan or you can do what I do, which is, I’ll make them vegetarian and they’re vegetarian, too.
So it’s not just a meatball, it’s really different.
[The vegetarian version] is going to be more of a comfort food, but I’m not going to make them vegan, either.
But it’s going to come out with a different flavor and a different texture.
We’re also going to change the name.
It’s going in a very different direction from what I’ve done before.
[It will] be a little bit more like a meatballs, but not the same.
[I’m] going to do a lot of experimenting with different types of meatballs and flavors and ways to use them.
The meatballs will be vegan, but it’s just going to have a different taste, and it’s gonna be a very traditional meatball.
[There’s] no cheese, no sauce, no onions, and we’re going to use the meat from the animal that we’re cooking with.
TANCREDI: It’s kind of hard to put a price tag on it because it’s so different.
I don’t know if you guys know this, but meatballs are really expensive, right?
[But] the vegetarian version, I don’s have to buy the ingredients for it.
So if I want to make a vegan version, then I’ll have to get some vegetables and herbs, so I can use what I have.
So I’m very, very open to experimentation.
[But for] my clients, it is so much better for me to just do a meatless vegetarian version because it will be really more affordable and it will have a very, kind of classic, traditional flavor to it.
I think the people that are going to go for it will love it.
And that’s just the beginning.
[What’s] so great about it is it is completely vegan.
There’s no cheese.
There is no sauce.
There are no peppers.
I have a few spices in it.
[We’re] going through the flavors and making sure we don’t make it too spicy.
And then the vegetables are the key.
I’m just really excited.
I’ve been working with this for the past five years, and the recipes that I’ve gotten are just wonderful.
I can’t wait to bring it to life.
And if you’ve got a veggie friend who wants to try it, we can get you some.
You know, we’ll make a vegetarian one, too, if you want to do that.
[That’s] what’s so great, is the variety of ingredients, the ingredients are the perfect mix.
And I just love this.
The vegetarian version is just so easy to make.
It really is the ultimate comfort food.
And this is the perfect vegan version.
It has a very simple and easy recipe, it has all the right ingredients, it doesn’t have to be complicated.
It is really delicious.
[Tancredis] has a new veggie restaurant opening soon in Oakland, and plans to open more vegetarian restaurants in the Bay Area.
For more on Maria Tincredi, watch this video interview from the Food Network.
Tancrredi has been serving up vegetarian versions of her popular recipes at her restaurant, Pico, in the Mission district for more than a decade.
She has a loyal following of patrons who come to her to try her cooking, and even now, she regularly serves a vegetarian meatball every week.
Tanchrredis says that her new restaurant is going all-in on the new vegetarian meatballs she is making, and will serve them with vegetables, herbs, and other ingredients that are vegan.
I do not have a lot to offer with vegetarian meat and