Saturday, May 23, 2009

Polpette di Melanzane - Eggplant patties

Cliccare QUI per la ricetta in italiano

Eggplant patties [polpette] are one of my favorite food and very easy to make.

Ingredients for about 12 patties:
  • 1 big eggplant
  • 50 grams of grated cheddar cheese [provola would be better]
  • 50 grams of grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 or 2 eggs
  • handful of fresh chopped basil and/or parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped [in India garlic is small]
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs or more if necessary
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil for shallow frying
  1. Cut the eggplant into cubes. Peeling is optional, in fact i do not peel the eggplant.
  2. Boil the cubes in salty water and cook until tender. They will float, so occasionally push them down with a perforated spoon.
  3. Drain the eggplant in a colander, place a dish on top of them and place on the dish a pan filled with water as a weight. This simple process squeezes all the water out while they cool. Leave it for about 1/2 hour.
  4. The alternative to boiling is to roast the whole eggplant in the oven, but remember to poke holes with a fork to avoid explosion. When the eggplant is soft peel the charred skin and cut in cubes.
  5. Place the eggplant in a food processor adding eggs, cheese, chopped garlic, chopped basil/parsley, pepper and some breadcrumbs.
  6. Pulse a couple of times and check if necessary to add some more breadcrumbs to make the mixture firm. Pulse again but do not over mix because some texture is needed.
  7. If the mixture is enough firm there is no need to coat with breadcrumbs, so you can straight away make patties between your hands.
  8. Or you can take a spoonful of the mixture, roll it in the bread crumbs and make patties between your hands.
  9. Shallow fry the eggplant patties in extra virgin olive oil until the bottom is well browned and only then turn them to the other side.
Let them cool at room temperature before serving.


  1. tell me, can you really allow them cool? me not!

  2. I am looking forward to trying your recipe for the polpette di melanzane. Thank you! I will make another comment once I have tried them. Your blog is lovely.



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