Crocchetti di ceci e “manzo”

Perché Italiano? I’m taking a beginning Italian language class and I figure one of the best ways to learn is to immerse myself in the language. I purchased a copy of La Cucina Italiana for my iPad and have decided to veganize and cook a few of the recipes, and post them here in English and Italian. It’s certainly a good exercise, as I get to learn Italian names for food and cooking commands. I’m going to apologize in advance for my Italian grammar, which I’m sure is probably not entirely correct.

This recipe was tasty, but definitely a bit of a disaster for me. I haven’t really fried anything (other than pan frying in a tiny bit of oil), and I was unaware of how difficult it is to fry food. Little chunks of the croquettes would fall off and burn up in the oil. I think these croquettes would taste great fried or baked, and I thought they were delicious served on a sandwich.

La ricetta in Italiano…

Crocchetti di ceci e “manzo”


2 tazze ceci lessati
1 tazza TVP più 1/4 tazza salsa di soia (o tamari) più 3/4 tazza acqua bollente
1 fetta di pane
1/4 tazza lievito alimentare
1 cucchiaino prezzemolo
1 cucchiaino aglio in polvere
1 ouovo falso


  • Bollite l’acqua e ammollate TVP con salsa di soia e acqua bollente.
  • Ammollate il pane in poco acqua.
  • Mischiate ogni ingrediente. Attenzione per acqua bollente!
  • Mettete in frigo per 1 ora.
  • Modellate poi il composto in piccoli cilindri e passeteli nel pangrattato.
  • Friggeteli in abbondante olio a completa doratura.
  • Scolateli su carta da cucina.

The recipe in English…

Croquettes with Chickpeas and “Beef”


2 cups cooked chickpeas
1 cup TVP plus 1/4 cup soysauce (or tamari) plus 3/4 cup boiling water
1 slice of bread
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 egg replacer


  • Boil the water and mix with the TVP and soysauce.
  • Soak the slice of bread with a little bit of water. (You can always squeeze out the excess.)
  • Mix all of the ingredients, after letting the TVP cool down.
  • Let sit in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Form into small cylinders and coat with breadcrumbs.
  • Fry in a thick layer of oil until cooked thoroughly.
  • Dry off on paper towels.

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