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Vegetarian • Serves 4


8 Basil, leaves
2 Eggplants, large
1 large clove Garlic


2 Eggs, large


1 Marinara sauce

Baking & Spices

1 All-purpose flour
1/4 tsp Red-pepper flakes
1 Salt

Oils & Vinegars

2 tbsp Olive oil, extra-virgin
1 Vegetable oil

Bread & Baked Goods

1 cup Breadcrumbs, prepared unseasoned


1/4 cup Parmigiano-reggiano cheese


2 tbsp Water
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  • Ronni Seif

    eggplant balls #eggplant Eggplant Arancini Recipe adapted from Craig Wallen, Spasso, NYC Yield: 4 appetizer servings (about 12 arancini) Cook Time: INGREDIENTS 2 large eggplants (about 2½ pounds total) 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped 8 basil leaves, finely chopped ¼ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shredded ¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes Salt All-purpose flour 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons water 1 cup prepared unseasoned breadcrumbs Vegetable oil, for frying Marinara sauce, for serving (optional) DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Place the eggplants on a baking sheet and drizzle lightly with the olive oil. Bake until the inside of the eggplants is soft and the outside is charred, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the eggplants from the oven and, when cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skins. 2. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl. Chop the eggplants into ½-inch pieces and place in the strainer to drain. 3. Transfer the eggplant to a large bowl. Add the garlic, basil, Parmigiano-Reggiano and red-pepper flakes and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until cool to the touch. 4. To prepare the arancini, dust a baking sheet lightly with flour and set aside. Using your hands, form the eggplant mixture into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and water. Place the breadcrumbs in another bowl. 5. Add enough vegetable oil to a large, heavy saucepan so you'll be able to completely submerge the arancini. Heat the oil to 350°. Dip one eggplant ball into the egg, allow the excess drip off, then roll in the breadcrumbs. Carefully place the breaded ball in the oil and fry until deep-golden brown and crispy, about 1 to 1½ minutes. Remove with a slotted spatula and place on paper towels to drain. Repeat with the remaining eggplant mixture until all the arancini are fried. Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce, if using.

  • Lectie Altman

    Baked.....not fried! eggplant balls #eggplant

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