Aubergine balls

Why limit yourself to traditional meatballs when you might be able to make something just as tasty with vegetables? These little aubergine balls are made with a mixture of eggs, sliced bread, parsley, garlic, Parmesan cheese and a touch of salt and pepper. They are fried in hot oil and served as a main dish or appetizer, according to taste. They can also be made by baking them in the oven instead of frying in oil: in this method your aubergine balls will be very light and healthy, although their shape will not be as perfect as when cooking them with oil. You can eat them warm or cold, or put them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and take them with you on a picnic. Remember that they will keep for a couple of days in the fridge.

Ingredients

  • aubergine 500 grams
  • eggs 2 units
  • sandwich loaf 8 slices of sandwich bread
  • parsley 1 bunch of parsley
  • garlic 1 clove
  • Parmesan 40 grams Grated
  • groundnut oil For frying
  • salt
  • pepper
  • breadcrumbs For making breadcrumbs
  • oil 2 tablespoons of oil
Information
30 minutes Total time
10 minutes Active time
Serves 4 persons
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Preparation

Wash the aubergine, cut into cubes and fry with 3 tablespoons oil for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile chop the sandwich loaf up with the parsley and garlic. Transfer them to a bowl, add the eggs, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese and cooled aubergine. Mix everything to obtain a homogeneous mixture and shape into little balls in the palm of your hands. Coat well in breadcrumbs and fry in hot oil. Drain on a paper towel and serve immediately.

Tips
Preparing good ‘vegetable balls’ is not always easy. So, if the mixture is too soft, try adding some breadcrumbs; by doing so you will avoid them collapsing during cooking. We suggest these delicious aubergine balls as tasty finger food, or as an appetizer or snack for the late afternoon before dinner.
Trivia
The aubergine helps to lower blood cholesterol and, furthermore, its skin contains substances beneficial to the liver, pancreas and intestines.

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