Eggplant "Meatbals"

  • Serves 4
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Freezer Friendly

My Eggplant “Meatballs” were a favourite recipe when my daughters where young. The Eggplant is not recognisable as Eggplant by the time the “meatballs are cooked”. A great way to enjoy a vegetarian meal without trying to convince meat lovers to try something new.

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Ingredients

  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Italian Herbs
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Pine Nuts
  • Flat Leaf Parsley
  • Tomato
  • Salt
  • Pasta
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Italian Herbs
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Pine Nuts
  • Flat Leaf Parsley
  • Tomato
  • Salt
  • Pasta

As with all my recipes, I can add and omit ingredients to suite your specific likes. In fact, if you have a recipe of your own, I will will make it instead!

The standard Eggplant “Meatballs” recipe serves 4, but if you need more serves (for lunch the next day for example), I can easily increase the ingredient quantities.

A member of the nightshade family, eggplant has a naturally occurring enzyme that can leave a bitter aftertaste in some dishes. Luckily, it’s easy to “sweat” eggplant to ensure its sweet nuttiness comes through in your cooking.

When you think of eggplant, you probably envision the large pear-shape or cylindrical eggplant with shiny purple skin. Though this is the most common variety in the United States, eggplant does vary in shape and size, from a couple of inches to a foot long.

Colour

The color varies with variety, including white, green, reddish-orange, and striated hues.
Eggplant is available year-round but peaks in late summer. Look for a firm, glossy-skin eggplant that is heavy for its size with a bright, mold-free top. Younger, smaller eggplants are usually less bitter than larger or older ones.

Storage

Since eggplants are quite perishable, store them whole in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 days.

Because eggplant is so hearty, it makes an ideal meat substitute or side dish. Learn how to cook eggplant a variety of ways, including how to grill, roast, saute, and microwave.. So, there you go.

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