Eggplant Parmesan balls baked or fried

Deb Crane

By
@songchef

Eggplant parmesan takes a new shape!
Easy as making meatballs, these balls are meatless. Using eggplant instead of meat. You could even shape these into patties for a vegetarian burger! Delicious!


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Serves:

18 servings

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

3 Tbsp
olive oil
3 clove
garlic,minced
4 c
eggplant,peeled and cubed
2 Tbsp
water
1/2 c
shaved fresh parmesan cheese
3/4 c
italian style bread crumbs
2
eggs

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a baking sheet lightly.
2
Heat olive oil in pan and sauté garlic till fragrant, about 1 or 2 minutes. Add eggplant cubes and water. Cover pot and let simmer on low, stirring occasionally so it doesnt stick. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until eggplant cubes are completely softened. I keep mushing them as I check them. If by chance it seems very liquid, drain the liquid out.
3
After eggplant is soft, put to the side and let it cool off until it is room temperature.
4
When cool, add the 2 eggs and mix well.
Add the parmesan cheese.... and please, use fresh shaved into big shavings. It makes a big difference!
Add the bread crumbs and salt and pepper and mix everything very well.
5
Put mixture in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. This will make forming the balls or patties easier.
6
Form into balls or patties.
Place on the greased sheet, and bake for 30 minutes turning them after 20 minutes.
You could also fry them in oil for a crisper texture.
7
Endless possibilities with these! Would make a perfect eggplant parmesan sandwich with the addition of mozzarella cheese slice and a bit of sauce!
Can use in any recipe calling for meatballs.
Could even put them in a casserole and top with sauce and more cheese.
8
Delicious and simple! My step daughter brought a friend to visit who is a vegetarian who has never had eggplant! This is a very good recipe for the introduction of eggplant. The texture is much like a meatball and the flavor is subtle. She now LOVES eggplant! :) I served them with spaghetti and red sauce.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Burgers, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Collection: Meatless Mondays
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy