Eggplant Parmesan balls baked or fried

★★★★★ 1 Review
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By Deb Crane
from Eagle, WI

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!

serves 18 servings
method Bake


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

How To Make

  • 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.