For the meatballs
- 1½ lbs Eggplantscubed into small pieces
- 1 ⅓ cup Breadcrumbsitalian seasoned
- 3 tbsp All-purpose flour
- ¼ cup Pecorinograted
- ⅓ cup Parmesan cheesefreshly grated
- 1 Eggs
- 2 tbsp Basilchopped
- 2 tbsp Parsleychopped
- 3 cloves Garlicminced
- Saltto taste
- Black pepperto taste
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
For the sauce:
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 4 cloves Garlicsmashed but not chopped
- 28-oz can Tomatoesof san marzano tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
- Basilto taste
- pinch of Dried oregano
- Saltto taste
This Eggplant Meatballs recipe is one of my favorite meatless meals to make. I often think that eggplant has a slightly meaty texture anyway, so that got me thinking that it could be a good alternative to beef or pork when making spaghetti and meatballs.
To make these “meatballs”, start by cooking and cooling eggplant. Make the meatball recipe by mixing cooled eggplant with breadcrumbs, flour, Pecorino and Parmesan cheeses, an egg, basil, parsley, garlic and salt. Freeze for 10 minutes to solidify the mixture. Shape into meatballs and bake in the oven. As the balls bake, make a tomato sauce. Heat the meatballs in the sauce before serving. Do not leave them in the sauce for too long or they will fall apart. Serve with spaghetti.
To make the Eggplant Meatballs, you will need the following ingredients:
Steps to make Eggplant Meatballs
Place one tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet and add the chopped eggplant. Stir the contents of the pan around to coat the eggplant with oil. Add a splash of water and a pinch of salt. Stir well and cover. Simmer and stir occasionally for about 20 minutes until the eggplant is very soft. Transfer to a shallow bowl and leave to cool.
Make meatball mixture
Once the eggplant has cooled, place it in a large bowl with 1 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, ¼ cup of grated Pecorino, ⅓ cup of freshly grated Parmesan, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons each of chopped basil and parsley, 3 minced cloves of garlic, and a pinch of salt. Mix well. Cover the bowl and place it in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven and prepare baking sheet
Add “meatballs” to sauce