Father Orsini's Eggplant Balls

4 Servings From”Eat This…It’ll Make You Feel Better” by Dom Deluise


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1 large eggplant peeled and diced

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped

  • 2 eggs beaten

  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

  • olive oil

  • marinara sauce if desired

  • grated mozzarella if desired


  • In a large saucepan, heat oil and gently saute garlic until golden brown.

  • Add diced eggplant, the tablespoon of water, and cover.Reduce heat and gently steam until eggplant is very soft.

  • In a mixing bowl combine eggplant, bread crumbs, parsley, eggs and cheese.

  • Mix well and let stand about 20 minutes.

  • Form into balls and fry on all sides in olive oil.

  • Or, place eggplant balls on greased pan, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 325°.

  • They can be covered with marinara sauce and sprinkled with grated mozzarella or drop them in spaghetti sauce and serve in place of meatballs.

Category: Vegetables