Eggplant Meat-less balls

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Wait! Before you skip to the next post. Hear me out. Truth be told, I am not in love with eggplant, but I stumbled upon a recipe in the Food Network Magazine last year and thought I would give it a whirl since eggplants were on sale.

I’ve made these yummy balls of goodness several times now, tweaking the recipe each time. They are absolutely delicious. I like to freeze them and reheat a few for lunch. I’ve eaten them with pasta or zoodles. Both are awesome. I even cut them up and put them on top of salad.

This is a great recipe if you are trying to eat less meat, and it is kid friendly. My toddler loves them! So even if you think you don’t like eggplant, give these a try!

Eggplant Meatballs

Ingredients:

1 eggplant
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup canned cannellini beans
1/3 cup Feta cheese (or Parmesan cheese)
1 tsp. minced garlic or 1/4 tsp. Penzeys Roasted Garlic
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup Panko bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice eggplant in half lengthwise. Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet skin side up, and roast until the skin is wrinkled and the flesh is softened and easily pierced with a fork (about 20-30 minutes). Remove the eggplant from the oven, but leave the oven on. When cool enough to handle, scrape the inside flesh away from the skin with a spoon into a bowl.
  2. Mash the beans with a fork and add them to the eggplant. Stir in the egg, feta, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Add in the breadcrumbs.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with foil or a silicone baking mat. Shape the eggplant mixture into balls. I use a cookie scoop to do this. Drop onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until they have browned.
  4. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce over pasta or zucchini noodles.

Yield: 16 eggplant balls

 

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One thought on “Eggplant Meat-less balls

  1. Sounds like a recipe I would try. It’s often difficult to find appetizing vegetarian recipes with common and readily available ingredients.

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