About this Recipe

Want to try something different? Try these eggplant meats – a great replacement to ground beef meatballs that taste just as great!


Servings: 10 to 15 meatballs

Preparation: 30 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes



Eggplant Meatballs








3 tbsp olive oil

1 to 3 garlic cloves, minced

1 large eggplant, peeled and diced

1 tbsp water

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

˝ fresh parsley, chopped

2 eggs, beaten

˝ cup grated cheese

Olive oil

Marinara sauce, if desired



1.   In a large saucepan, heat oil and gently sauté garlic until golden brown.

2.   Add diced eggplant, the tablespoon of water and cover. Reduce heat and gently steam until eggplant is very soft.

3.   In a mixing bowl, combine eggplant bread crumbs, parsley, eggs, and cheese. Mix well and let stand for 20 minutes.

4.   Form into balls and fry on all sides in olive oil.

5.   Alternatively, place eggplant balls on a greased pan, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.

6.   They can be covered with Marinara sauce and sprinkled with grated cheese or drop in with pasta and pasta sauce.




 Eggplant Meatballs | Gianni's North Beach