EGGPLANT MEATBALLS (ลูกชิ้นมังสวิรัต) [recipe]

#FoodFriday is back! After having had some cool collaborations in our fitness section (thx to Angel Chan!) we learned that nutrition is rather important when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. A few weeks ago we now had the chance to try an online supermarket here in Bangkok. Now we’re bringing it all together and bringing you some cool and delicious recipes that you can try on the weekend. You’re welcome.

Who says meatballs have to have meat?

Hearty eggplant is one of the best vegetable substitutes to make these luscious, meatless “meatballs”. Whether you serve them as a meatless main course piled on top of zoodles or pasta, or served as an appetizer, these eggplant meatballs are delish!
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EGGPLANT MEATBALLS (ลูกชิ้นมังสวิรัต)
Total Time: 1h 10min l Serving: 4

1 medium eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces
½ tablespoon olive oil
½ salt
A pinch of ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley
1 cup almond meal or breadcrumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 (25 oz / 700 gr) jar tomato sauce
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1.Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºF) and place a rack in the middle. Lightly grease with olive oil a large rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
2.Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggplant and ¼ cup of water. Cook for about 10 to 12 minutes, until eggplant has softened.
3.Place in the bowl of a food processor (or blender) and puree until smooth.
4.Transfer to a large bowl, add almond meal (or breadcrumbs), egg, 4 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, basil or parsley, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
5.Scoop one tablespoon of eggplant mixture and with dampened hands roll tightly into balls.
6.Transfer to prepared baking sheet and bake until firm and browned, about 20 minutes.
7.Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
8.Return the skillet to the heat and add tomato sauce. Add “meatballs”, spoon a bit of tomato on top of each “meatball”, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese, and simmer for 5 minutes until heated through.
9.Garnish with basil and serve.


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