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Eggplant Balls

di Academia Barilla

Eggplant Balls
PREPARATION TIME
1 hours

DIFFICULTY
Easy

TYPE
Appetizer

ITALIAN REGION
Calabria




Ingredients for 4 people


1 pound eggplant
1 egg
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon parsley
1 clove garlic
4 leaves basil
2/3 cup Pecorino cheese
salt and pepper to taste
flour as needed
oil for frying as needed
tomato sauce (optional) to taste
chili pepper to taste



Preparation 1 hours preparation + 5 minutes cooking
1. Clean and wash eggplant, cut in half, place in a pot and cover with water

2. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes or until tender (until the eggplant can be easily pierced with a knife)

3. Drain and cool

4. Meanwhile, chop the garlic, parsley and basil

5. Squeeze out any excess liquid from the eggplant, peel, chop and mash with the chopped garlic, parsley and basil, grated cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper

6. Add a whole egg and combine well with enough breadcrumbs as necessary to form a uniform, thick mixture

7. Use a tablespoon to scoop up some eggplant mixture

8. Shape it into an oval, dredge in flour and gently flatten in the palm of your hand

9. Heat a generous amount of oil in a pan

10. When hot (check temperature with a few bits of the mixture), fry balls until golden, turning frequently

11. Served hot or at room temperature

12. If desired, serve with tomato sauce, spiced with some hot pepper, for dipping