Italian Eggplant Balls (Use Just Like Meatballs) Fry or Bake

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by BlondieItaliana

I've made these for a long time. These Italian eggplant balls are a great substitute for meatballs. Use them just like meatballs, in sauces, in recipes, as a side dish, etc. They can be a vegetarian substitution for many dishes. I like these best fried because I like them crispy. You could bake them instead. They go great "parmesan style" too, in a casserole dish, topped with sauce, parmesan & mozzarella cheese then baked...

Top Review by rosslare

Very good recipe, maybe just a little heavy on the bread crumbs. I might try using fresh bread crumbs next time and season it accordingly.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In food processor, prepare the ingredients that need to be minced or diced mentioned above.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat oil & gently sauté garlic until golden brown.
  3. Add diced eggplant & water – then cover & simmer under low heat until eggplant is VERY soft. Drain if watery when done then transfer to large bowl.
  4. Combine eggplant, breadcrumbs, parsley, eggs and cheese in large bowl. Let stand for 20 minutes.
  5. Form into balls (same size as you prefer your meatballs to be) and fry in olive oil in large pan or bake in over for 30-35 minute at 325º or until brown.

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