Eggplant Meatballs…and an Award!
I almost titled this Award Winning Eggplant Meatballs but aside from the fact that they do taste awesome, the award was not presented to me because of my meatballs. John from the Bartolini Kitchens hasn’t tasted my meatballs but did think enough of my blog to include me in his five pics to forward on the Liebster Award! While I cook mostly Italian and recipes from my mother, John has the real deal, Italian family recipes that always bring back so many memories to me! Reading his posts on his family and traditions brings a smile to my face and that month of ice cream making had me wishing I was his neighbor!!
I was a bit intrigued on what this Liebster Award was about and googling it I found out that it orginated in German. It was designed to bring recognition to those that are nominated and I’m assuming as the word means “beloved” that those blogs selected are loved by their readers! At least that’s where I’m going on this when I select those blogs I love. But then again, that’s not going to be easy as I do love reading
so many and if I don’t list your blog, it’s not that I don’t love you!!! Just that I can only pick 5!!
So, here are my five and I could certainly pick so many more…
And, now here’s the eggplant meatballs that are winners in my home! Roasted eggplant, garlic, bread crumbs and parsley processed together to form the most moist and tender meatballs! Calling these “meat” balls is misleading but it gets the point across as to what this is. I’ll never give up my traditional meatballs, but when I’m looking for a vegetarian version this is my go to choice. Instead of using the breadcrumbs, pureed cannellini beans can be substituted.
1 large eggplant, peeled and cubed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 egg, beaten
1/4 – 1/3 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or basil
Marinara Sauce for serving
Place the eggplant cubes in a colander, sprinkle with salt and leave to stand for at least 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix the eggplant cubes with olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast the eggplant on a large baking sheet for about 30-40 minutes or until lightly brown and creamy. Remove and refrigerate overnight if desired or proceed with the recipe. Combine the eggplant and remaining ingredients (except Marinara Sauce in a food processor and lightly process allowing the mixture to be creamy but still slightly thick. Shape into a golf ball size. They can be either fried or
baked. I prefer to bake on a rack lined baking sheet at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, turning once. They should brown slightly but remain creamy inside. Serve with marinara sauce and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Makes about 12, depending on size.
I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.
Congrats on the award! I thought it sounded a bit germanic 🙂 Beautiful looking meatballs – I never thought of putting eggplant in meatballs before. I love the stuff so I’ll definitely try these soon! 🙂
I just looked again at the ingredients list – I didn’t realise they were completely meatless… I thought it was a mixture of both. Wow, that just makes them even more awesome!
Yep, completely meatless!! But even the most die-hard meat lover has not complained!!
I am of course intrigued by these meatballs. I am not a true vegetarian but et meat very little so these would punch up the flavour factor around here.
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Very cool way to make meatballs. Congrats on the award and thanks for sharing. Now if only I could have the meatballs too!
Congrats on the award Linda! Well-deserved. 🙂 I like the meatless take on the meatball. I’m not a fan of meatballs, but I would definitely eat these! The sound and look wonderful!!
Maybe when you guys visit Italy you can try out the meatballs!!
Just mouthwatering…looks so easy to prepare and delicious.
Congratulations – well deserved! I love this recipe so much. Big Man is not a huge fan of zucchini or eggplant and I am slowly introducing dishes with these ingredients which he now finds he enjoys. I think these would be a huge hit as we both love meatballs and I think the substitution of eggplant would be amazing!
Congratulations on the award!!! Very well deserved!! And thanks for passing it to me!! I am honored!! One of my favorite restaurants in Rome, has an eggplant meatball appetizer that I just love and that looks like yours…they serve it with tomato sauce and grated parmesan cheese too!!!! Love the shot!!! Just wonderful!!! BRAVISSIMA!!!
I’d love to say I tried those meatballs in Rome! Maybe one day! In the meantime, I travel virtually thru you!
Eggplant meatballs?!?!? Are you kidding me? This sounds unbelievably good and I’m sending the recipe to my vegetarian friends. They’re gonna love it! See? This is why you deserve whatever awards that come your way. And thank you so much for your kind mention of my blog. Eggplant meatballs. Who knew!
Thank you John, I always feel good when your “expert” Italian opinion enjoys one of my dishes!!
Congrats on the award! This eggplant dish looks delicious!
Congratulations for the award! I adore eggplants. I have always thought they had something meaty-mushroomy in both texture and taste, but I would never have such a creative idea! I love it and soon will try it!
Love the idea of your eggplant meatballs and congratulations on the award.
Have a super week.
wow, eggplant meatballs, I would never think of such a combination. I love vegetarian food so these would be a delicious treat.
Congrats on your award Linda! You know, I don’t make meatballs nearly enough – my entire family loves them and spaghetti is my favourite meal so, really, I have no excuse! This looks like a fabulous recipe – but I may start with your traditional meatballs…. I’m glad you linked it. Thanks Linda (nice photo too).
oh I know my wife would love this recipe. Sounds like a perfect surprise for her later this week. thx and congrats!
Congrats girl! I love these vegetarian meatballs made from eggplant. This will be a must try for our family.
well done on the award! And a lovely dish for Meatless Monday’s 🙂
Congrats on the award!
These meatball sound amazing – now I know what I’m feeding my vegetarian son-in-law next time!
Congrats on the award and making such an amazing dish to go along with it. Eggplant in meatballs- genius- you are truly creative and I love how light but flavorful the dish is! Great job
Congratulations on the award, I have met on dear Rufus’s Blog with your beautiful Blog. Seems so delicious this “eggplant Meatballs”, my son will be crazy with this one. Thank you,
with my love, nia
Geni - Sweet and Crumby
I absolutely can’t WAIT to try these! I have several friends who are vegetarians and I think this would be such a lovely meal to serve them next time they come for dinner. How delicious!
Geni - Sweet and Crumby
I forgot to mention…THANK YOU for the award and congratulations on your award. You deserve it Linda! Take care and have a great week!
I love eggplant meatballs! They are staple for me–have a few bags of homemade ones waiting in the freezer 🙂 Yours are definitely prettier, though…
Congrats on the award! Mmm and these eggplant meatballs sound fabulous. I was actually about to purchase some eggplant at the farmer’s market yesterday, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to make with it. This would have been perfect!
Wow! truly brilliant! who would need to worry about being a vegetarian with such yummy food around…I have bookmarked this and will be making it soon….beautiful and very creative
These look wonderful!
Congrats on the award!
Kay aka Babygirl
I absolutely love meatballs but these are special because they are eggplant meatballs. I love it :). And Congrats on receiving this award. You definitely deserve it. And You definitely gave this award to wonderful people 🙂
These sound amazing! Never would of thought of making meatballs out of eggplant…. what a wonderful and tasty idea! Gotta try this the next time I buy eggplant 🙂
Bites Of Sweet And Spice
Eggplant meatballs is such a great idea!! 🙂 I totally love italian food and i’m so glad I found this recipe and your blog. I don’t do much cooking with meat, so this is perfect for me. 🙂 Thanks!