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

"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..."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • In food processor, prepare the ingredients that need to be minced or diced mentioned above.
  • In a large saucepan, heat oil & gently sauté garlic until golden brown.
  • 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.
  • Combine eggplant, breadcrumbs, parsley, eggs and cheese in large bowl. Let stand for 20 minutes.
  • 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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  1. 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.
  2. BarbieRose
    Very good. I made them as you said & added a touch of oregano, Baked at 325F for 15 minutes & nothing started to brown, 375F for 20 more minutes with very little browning, broiled for another 3 minutes and that did the trick. Thank you.


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