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Vegetarian: Eggplant Meatballs

Looking for a hearty meat-free addition to your pasta? Try these easy vegetarian eggplant meatballs.
Looking for a hearty meat-free addition to your pasta? Try these easy vegetarian eggplant meatballs.

Eggplant Meatballs

Serves 4

Ingredients:

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  • 1 large eggplant, trimmed, sliced
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  • Olive oil
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  • 2 eggs
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  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
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  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
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  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
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  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
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  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
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  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
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  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, drained
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  • 1 cup whole wheat dry breadcrumbs

Directions:

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
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  3. Use a sharp knife to slice eggplant crosswise in 1/2-inch slices.
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  5. Sprinkle with salt and set aside in a colander for 10 minutes.
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  7. Rinse and pat dry.
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  9. Brush eggplant with olive oil and lay in a single layer on 2 baking sheets.
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  11. Cook for 10 minutes. Flip and continue to roast until eggplant is tender. Remove and set aside to cool slightly.
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  13. In a large bowl beat eggs, cheese, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper.
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  15. Finely chop eggplant and add to the egg mixture, using your fingers to mix ingredients.
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  17. Add breadcrumbs and sun-dried tomatoes and continue to mix until mixture sticks together.
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  19. Form into “meat”balls.
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  21. Generously spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and lay “meat”balls in a single layer in the dish, leaving a little space between each one.
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  23. Cook for 20 minutes. Use tongs to gently turn the “meat”balls and cook for 20 minutes. They are done when they are lightly browned.
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  25. Remove from oven and serve plain or toss with tomato sauce and serve on pasta.

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