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.
Make sure you read the recipe before you make them.
Here few pointers:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- Once the eggplants are cooked in the microwave and the water is squeezed, they reduce in size, so make sure you have enough eggplants.
- 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.
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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.
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
bites, Eggplants, fried
chopped basil leaves
minced garlic clove
freshly grated Parmesan
oil for deep frying
Peel and cut the eggplants into small cubes
Cove and put in the microwave for 10 minutes at high power
Open carefully make sure you don't get burned by the steam. Stir and put back in the microwave for 10 more minutes
Let it cool down completely, 1 or 2 hours
Taking a handful at the time squeeze out the water
Mix with all the ingredients. You can prepare it the day before and let it rest in the fridge overnight
Shape them into oval balls that fit into the palm of your hand
Deep fry in oil
Once cooked place on an absorbent kitchen paper to drain the excess oil
You can eat them hot or at room temperature
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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