My Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
As United Airlines continues to present vegetarian options for its guests onboard, I had the opportunity to try the Impossible Meatball bowl on a recent flight.
Impossible Meatball Bowl On United Airlines
I do a lot of flying that I do not write about, including a trip earlier this week to Pittsburgh. My flight from Los Angeles to Chicago featured dinner onboard. Since it was a widebody plane, pre-orders were not available and I had a choice between chicken za’atar or meatless meatballs.
To great fanfare, United debuted these meatballs in June, describing them in this way:
The Impossible Meatball bowl features three Impossible Meatballs made from plants and broccolini served on a bed of couscous and topped with an herb-infused tomato sauce. Impossible Meatballs are made with a custom mix of Impossible Beef made from plants and Impossible Sausage, seasoned with a savory homestyle spice blend.
I’ll buy Impossible Meat if it is one sale because I find it comparable in taste to lower-grade beef and mixed up in a pasta bake or in chili it really is not bad at all.
I was a bit skeptical about the consistency of the meatballs but actually found them very acceptable for a late-night snack. United has substituted fresh fruit on the side for mozzarella cheese with tomatoes (sometimes sun-dried, sometimes not) on top. I mixed in the cheese with the meatballs and thought it was an even better combo.
Tempted as I was, I left the bread behind but did eat the “pie in the sky” cookie.
We will shortly see these meatballs rotate out of the menu (a new vegetarian dish will be available), but I would order these again…they were not bad at all.
Have you tried United’s Impossible Meatballs?