I think many of you know that I like eggplant. I love the flavor, it’s rustic and earthy. The items I thought would make a great meatball. I hope you give this a try. Serve the meatballs in the sauce as is or over pasta, polenta, in a sandwich bun…
About 3 Eggplants cut into small chunks, unpeeled. You should have about 7-8 cups.
1 8oz package Mushrooms, chopped
1 ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
2/3 cup Parsley, chopped
1/3 cup Basil leaves, chopped
1 Tbsp Oregano, chopped
2-3 Eggs, add 2 and if needed add the 3rd egg
1 ½ cups Panko Breadcrumbs
Salt and Pepper
Few Red Pepper Flakes, if desired
4-5 cups Marinara Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese, shredded for garnish
Parsley and/or Basil chopped, for garnish
Heat the oven to 425 degrees, on roast
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Add the eggplant and drizzle with oil and salt and pepper to one baking sheet. On the second add the mushrooms, drizzle with a little oil. Roast for about 15 minutes until tender but the eggplant is not soft and mushy and the mushrooms are brown. Let cool.
Finely chop the eggplant and mushrooms into small pieces or minced. Note: I didn’t use a food processor because I didn’t want to puree or have the eggplant and mushrooms turn to mush.
In a large bowl add the eggplant, mushrooms, parmesan cheese, parsley, basil, oregano, I used 3 eggs, panko bread crumbs, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes. Mix all together and form into meatballs. Place on the baking sheet and cook for about 25-30 minutes until brown on the bottom and cooked on the outside. The meatballs may be slightly soft on the inside.
Heat up the marinara sauce (or use homemade). I served the meatballs and sauce over polenta. Garnish with mozzarella cheese and parsley/basil.
Enjoy … gathering around the table with family and friends
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