Eggplant Meatballs

Posted on July 20, 2015 by Anne Milneck | 3 comments

Meatballs without the meat? That's right. And we bet you won't miss it after tasting this delicious bowl of goodness. This recipe has all the traditional flavors you love plus its an excellent way to feature your in-season summer eggplant and a great addition to your Meatless Monday repertoire. 

Here's how to make it:

Ingredients:

1 Tbl Roasted Garlic Avocado Oil

2 medium unpeeled eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 garlic cloves, minced

kosher salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs

3 Tbl Vegetable & Pizza Seasoning

1 large egg, beaten

2 ounces Pecorino Romano cheese, freshly grated, plus more for serving

1 jar D'agostino Pasta Sauce

Directions:

Heat the oven to 375°F. Drizzle a large rimmed baking sheet with Roasted Avocado Oil

Place 1 Tbl Roasted Garlic Avocado Oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. When hot add the eggplant and 1/4 cup water. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. In the last two minutes, add in the minced garlic. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times.

Transfer eggplant to a bowl and add bread crumbs, Vegetable & Pizza Seasoning, beaten egg,  and Romano cheese into the eggplant. Season with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper.

Form the eggplant mixture into 24 balls about 1 1/8 oz each, rolling tightly and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Bake until firm and browned, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Heat the D'Agostino Pasta Sauce in a large deep skillet to warm the sauce. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. Garnish the meatballs with basil leaves and serve with ricotta cheese if desired.

What's one of your favorite Meatless Monday recipes? Let us know in the comments!


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3 Responses

Anne
Anne

September 04, 2016

Mary,
Each medium eggplant weighed about 2 lbs each. We used Panko Breadcrumbs when we tested the recipe. Thanks!

Rachel Hausmann
Rachel Hausmann

August 02, 2016

Made these eggplant “meatball” last night and they were awesome! Served them over spaghetti squash for a really wonderful vegetarian meal. Thanks for this great recipe!

Mary
Mary

July 31, 2016

Can you tell me approximate weight of eggplant and if the breadcrumbs were fresh or packaged?
Thank you for any help you can give!

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