Seriously. I really really love eggplants. And I am always on the look out for new eggplant recipes and I found this AWESOME eggplant patties. I can eat FIVE pieces at one go and still stretch the hand out for more LOL! It is really good ! A keeper for sure. Easy to prepare and flavor packed ! All you need is Eggplant,onion, garlic, cheese, almond meal and some herbs...no eggs needed for the patties and they hold together perfectly ! No eggs required so these are pretty healthy patties. LOve them to bits and I am sure my Piggy Jo will love this preparation for she too loves eggplants like me :)
the best thing is these patties does not require egg to hold them together
these are healthy and delicious patties
a keeper for sure :)
Eggplant Patties - adapted from here
Makes about 8 medium size patties
1 large eggplant (or 2 medium), peeled and diced
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small onion (or 2 scallions), thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup / 3.5 oz / 100 gr grated Dubliner cheese (or sharp Cheddar)*
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup / 3.4 oz / 96 gr almond meal (or gluten-free breadcrumbs)
*use vegan cheese to make them vegan
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large (preferable non-stick) skillet over medium-high heat, add onion and salt and saute’ for 5 minutes until translucent. Add garlic and saute’ for 1 further minute, until fragrant.
Finally add eggplant cubes and saute’ - stirring every now and then - until browned and soft, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Transfer to a large bowl and puree/mash with an immersion blender (you can also use a food processor or a blender to do this).
Add cheese, parsley, black pepper and stir until well combined.
Add almond meal (or GF breadcrumbs) ¼ cup at a time and mix with your hands until it reaches a firm consistency and will hold up as patties (you might need to use more or less almond meal).
Transfer mixture to the refrigerator for 20 minutes to allow the almond meal to suck up some of the moisture.
Take the bowl out of the refrigerator and with dampened hands form 8 medium size patties (or 4 larger ones).
Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the same skillet you used before over medium-high heat.
When sizzling, add patties (in batches if necessary) and cook for about 4 minutes on each side until browned.
Serve warm with some marinara sauce on the side.
Enjoy and eat healthy :)
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