This recipe for Vegan Eggplant “Meat” Balls is perfect for us plant eaters but it’s also a great option for meat eaters too. The flavour is rich and delicious and in combination with marinara sauce and possibly spaghetti it is guaranteed to be a winner with anyone. 

One of my most favourite meals on our recent trip to the US was chef Chloe Coscarelli‘s vegan “meat” balls. I have been determined to give them a go and after some experimenting I have come up with my own delicious eggplant and lentil version. 

Recipe for vegan eggplant meat balls made with lentils and eggplant.

Eggplant "Meat" Balls
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  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 red onion
  3. 2 cloves garlic
  4. 2 medium eggplants
  5. 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian mixed herbs
  6. 1/2 cup water
  7. 3 small slices stale sourdough bread
  8. 1 cup cooked brown lentils
  9. 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  10. olive oil to brush on baking tray
  1. Finely dice the onion and crush the garlic.
  2. Sauté the onions and garlic with the olive oil, in a large pot, over a medium heat for 10 minutes or until soft.
  3. Dice the eggplants into 2cm cubes and add to the pot with the onions and garlic.
  4. Stir gently for a few minutes then add the dried herbs and the water.
  5. Turn the heat down to low/medium.
  6. Continue to stir the contents of the pot occasionally for a further 15 minutes making sure the eggplants do not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  7. Set aside and allow to cool.
  8. Blitz the bread in your food processor until bread crumbs are formed.
  9. Add the cooked lentils, cooled eggplants and ground flax seeds and pulse until a smooth even mixture is just formed.
  10. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  11. Pre-heat your oven to 180degC.
  12. Using your hands form the mixture into meatball sized balls.
  13. Arrange the balls on a greased baking tray and brush each ball with a small amount of oil.
  14. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm and golden.
  15. Serve with your favourite tomato marinara sauce and or spaghetti.
  16. Serves 4
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Recipe for vegan eggplant meat balls made with lentils and eggplant.