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Eggplant Meatballs

Rated as 4.77 out of 5 Stars

"Yes, I made eggplant meatballs. If you know me, you know I love eggplant! I also love meatballs. Hence, I decided to make two of my favorites together, and it is delicious. I used ground turkey and almond meal, but I am giving you alternative suggestions below. This is a great paleo recipe and very addictive. I like using an ice cream scoop so they are all the same size! Perfect for entertaining. Yummy!"
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Ingredients

1 h 10 m servings 356 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Grease foil with olive oil.
  2. Arrange eggplant halves cut-sides-down onto the prepared baking sheet. Pierce skin of eggplant several times with a fork.
  3. Roast eggplant in preheated oven until soft, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely.
  4. Scoop the flesh from the eggplant halves onto a cutting board; chop into small chunks and put into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Mix ground turkey, carrot, onion, Parmesan cheese, egg, garlic, basil, parsley, oregano, sea salt, and black pepper with the eggplant chunks until ingredients are somewhat evenly mixed together. Gently mix almond flour into the eggplant mixture; scoop with an ice cream scoop onto the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake meatballs in oven for 15 minutes, flip the meatballs, and bake until browned and no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes more.
  7. While the meatballs bake, heat marinara sauce in saucepan over medium-low heat until hot; add baked meatballs to the sauce and stir to coat.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • I added sliced mushrooms to my sauce and made this dish extra special!
  • These can be made with ground beef in place of ground turkey.
  • You can use 1/4 cup fresh basil in place of the dried.
  • Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs are a traditional substitute for the almond flour here.
  • If your eggplant is too watery after roasting, drain it in a colander for 10 minutes before making meatballs.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 356 calories; 19.6 g fat; 23.7 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 92 mg cholesterol; 768 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I omitted the parmesan cheese (allergies) and they were still the best meatballs i have ever made. the entire family liked them! I also used almond flour.

I followed the directions exactly. The finished meatballs were very tender. When I make these again, and I will--I will add more garlic or some aromatic to jump up the flavor a touch. Oh, I use...

Very good. I mixed it all up in a food processor starting with the hardest vegetables first. The mixture is pretty gooey this way. However, it all cooked up into nice, firm and tasty meatball...

Made it just like it says pretty much. I sliced some garlic and cooked it under the eggplant which infused it with awesome flavor. Then I cooked them on stove top in olive oil. These were awesom...

Just made this. With the exception of carrots-which would have made it sweet. We are loving it. Will definitely make again. I microwaved the eggplant halves for 6 min and it was the perfect a...

These were great. Even my 3 year old and 1 year old liked them. Omitted Parmesan due to dairy intolerance and just dipped in ketchup or bbq sauce instead of the marinara. Next time we will FINEL...

Made 2 batches - one with parm and one without. Family loved both!! Def making again.

I have been using this site for many many years and never reviewed anything. I had to let others know that this is a totally kid friendly recipe! Not only were these meatballs were very moist ...

I made these and they came out awesome! Instead of almond meal, I seasoned some plain breadcrumbs and pulsed in the food processor. I also used fresh herbs instead of dried (a lot more than the ...