Deep Fried Eggplant Balls

Deep fried eggplant balls is a classic recipe from the South of Italy, flavoured with basil, garlic and Parmesan, even the fuzziest children will devour those delightful vegetable bites. They are perfect to serve as a starter, on a buffet table or as canapes.

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Make sure you read the recipe before you make them.

Here few pointers:

  1. Once the eggplants are cooked in the microwave, you need to let them cool down completely before you can squeeze out all the water.
    So you need to microwave them at least a few hours before making the deep fried eggplant balls.
  2. You can do most of the work the day before and just fry them the same day.
    The longer the mix rests in the fridge the more the eggplants absorb the flavour of the garlic, basil and Parmesan.
    So best to prepare the mix the day before.
  3. If you have any deep fried eggplant balls left over, and that is a big IF, you can eat them the next day. Even served at room temperature, they are delightful.

For this recipe I use regular eggplants.

So here are few more tips:

  1. When I buy eggplants I always choose the thinnest as they usually have fewer seeds. I hate when I open an eggplant and the flesh is full of seeds, I often end up throwing it away.
  2. Once the eggplants are cooked in the microwave and the water is squeezed, they reduce in size, so make sure you have enough eggplants.
  3. If you don't have a microwave, you can boil the eggplants but do not cut or peel them before you boil them, otherwise, they will absorb all the water.

Eggplants

Long eggplants

Coming up in the next few weeks:

If you are looking for more eggplant recipes, here you will find some more ideas.

Regular, round, small, long, white and tiger, a different way of cooking each shape.

Stay tuned!

As a matter of interest, I always cut my vegetables over a dedicated vegetable cutting board as it is more hygienic.

I use a Joseph Joseph Large Index Advance Chopping Board Setyou can find on Amazon (affiliate link)

 Each board is colour coded and has a symbol indicating its use e.g. meat (red), fish (blue), vegetables (green), and cooked food (white).

Deep Fried Eggplant Balls

5 from 4 votes
Deep Fried Eggplant Balls

Deep Fried Eggplant Balls
Prep Time
20 mins

Cook Time
1 hr

Resting time
3 hrs

Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

 

Deep fried eggplant balls is a classic recipe from the South of Italy, even the fuzziest children will devour those delightful vegetable bites. They are perfect to serve as a starter, on a buffet table or as canapes.
Course:

Appetizer
Cuisine:

Italian
Keyword:

bites, Eggplants, fried
Servings: 16 balls
Calories: 127 kcal

Ingredients
  • 6
    medium
    eggplants
  • 3
    cups
    breadcrumbs
  • 2
    eggs
  • 1/2
    cup
    chopped basil leaves
  • 1
    minced garlic clove
  • 1/2
    cup
    freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2
    tsp
    salt
  • 1
    lt
    oil for deep frying

Instructions
  1. Peel and cut the eggplants into small cubes

    Cut the eggplants into cubes
  2. Cove and put in the microwave for 10 minutes at high power

    Put back in the microwave
  3. Open carefully make sure you don't get burned by the steam. Stir and put back in the microwave for 10 more minutes

  4. Let it cool down completely, 1 or 2 hours

  5. Taking a handful at the time squeeze out the water

    Squeeze out the water
  6. Mix with all the ingredients. You can prepare it the day before and let it rest in the fridge overnight 

    Mix with the breadcrumbs
  7. Shape them into oval balls that fit into the palm of your hand

    Shape into oval balls
  8. Deep fry in oil

  9. Once cooked place on an absorbent kitchen paper to drain the excess oil

    Place on a paper
  10. You can eat them hot or at room temperature

    Deep Fried Eggplant Balls

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Calories 127 calories per serving
Fat 3.4 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 13 gr per serving
Proteins 4 gr per serving
Sugar 6 gr per serving
Sodium 65 mg per serving

*Assuming 70% increase in calories for fried food
Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.

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  10 comments for “Deep Fried Eggplant Balls

  1. 30th July 2018 at 7:21 am

    Day before prep for recipes like this is great for feeding a crowd. I will often make up batches and then just fry off before or as people arrive. These look great 😀

    • Laura
      30th July 2018 at 7:23 am

      Yes, I do the same so you are not so stressed on the day. Thank you

  2. Danielle
    30th July 2018 at 9:32 am

    This looks like a great alternative to meatballs. I bet it would be lovely with marinara on it.

    • Laura
      30th July 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Yes, they are nice with sauce as well

  3. 30th July 2018 at 10:06 am

    Yep, you cannot miss these babies when you go to Sicilia (even Puglia)!

    Love, love, love eggplant croquettes. It looks a bit daunting when you have not tried it making it, but take heart — it’s not that difficult (and it’s worth it!) 🙂

    • Laura
      30th July 2018 at 3:49 pm

      They certainly are

  4. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    30th July 2018 at 10:42 am

    These look like the perfect delicious little canapes – definitely going to have to give them a try!

    • Laura
      30th July 2018 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks, they are perfect for canape

  5. Toni Alfano
    3rd August 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Just one clove of Garlic for six eggplants?

    • Laura
      4th August 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Yes, but you are welcome to put more if you wish.

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