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Ingredients

How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cut eggplants crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place on layers of paper towels. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt; let stand 30 minutes.
  • Brush 2 large baking sheets with oil.
  • Pat eggplant dry; arrange in single layer on prepared sheets. Brush lightly with oil. Bake until eggplant is tender and dry, about 1 hour. Cool slightly; chop coarsely.
  • Whisk 1 egg, grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, parsley, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in medium bowl.
  • Stir in chopped eggplant (mixture will be soft).
  • Spread 1 cup breadcrumbs on plate.
  • Whisk 1 egg and flour in another bowl.
  • Press and shape eggplant mixture into 1 1/4 -inch-diameter balls. Press 1 piece smoked mozzarella into center of each ball, making sure eggplant mixture covers cheese.
  • Dip balls, 1 at a time, into egg batter; roll in breadcrumbs to coat.
  • Pour enough oil into large skillet to reach depth of 1/4 inch; heat over medium-high heat.
  • Working in batches, add balls to skillet; sauté until browned, turning often, about 4 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.
  • Sprinkle with salt while warm and serve.

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    " It was excellent "
    lanabade ate it and said...
    Just saw this one,LOVE eggplant,grow them in our gardren,can;t wait to try these.I KNOW my family will LOVE these!THANKYOU!!
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  • lilliancooks 5 years ago
    Oh, I don't care what color they are! These sound like my kind of food! I'll have to try these! I love the idea of the smoked mozzarella hiding in the center!
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    " It was good "
    pointsevenout ate it and said...
    Made this today. A nice savory flavor. Mother doesn't like it too much because of the dark coloration. I like the recipe.
    See also: Crispy Eggplant Fritters With Smoked Mozzarella
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    " It was excellent "
    gagagrits ate it and said...
    I love eggplant, where ever do you come up with these great ideas, I may have to make these for the playoffs this weekend.HIGH 5
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    I love eggplant and this is a great recipe! Never heard of anything like this before. Can't wait to make these! Added this to an eggplant group for ya.
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  • mystic_river1 5 years ago
    Absolutely awesome!
    I love eggplant and what a special way to serve this. Thanks for the recipe. JM
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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    Hey Vickie, I am sure not how I missed this but daumm girl, they sound awesome. I think I just found what I want to do with the rest of my eggplant......;-)~ High 5 Sweetie... Jim
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    " It was excellent "
    shine ate it and said...
    See what I mean... I still haven't gotten to the touchdown chicken!!

    Now my brain is working in a totally different direction -- how can I make these into savory cookies.

    I'm so glad that I'm planning on spending the rest of my life with you -- it's going to take me that long to get through all of these recipes!

    I love you
    Ray
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    " It was excellent "
    c2max ate it and said...
    Geesh, these look great! I planted eggplant in the garden but some insects got to the leaves... what the? Insects like eggplant?!

    I can still get some eggplant though and now I have another fun way to make it.

    Thanks for sharing Vickie!!

    - Colleen
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    " It was excellent "
    jencathen ate it and said...
    Yummy!
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  • seh0625 6 years ago
    Another incredible invention.
    Yummy!
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    " It was excellent "
    chihuahua ate it and said...
    OMG! Sounds so wonderful.
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    " It was excellent "
    cakelady ate it and said...
    Egg plant and fritters...what a nice combination! Looks great!
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    " It was excellent "
    chefmeow ate it and said...
    I agree, yumola.
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    " It was excellent "
    wynnebaer ate it and said...
    What can I say that hasn't been said?..:)
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    " It was excellent "
    jenniferbyrdez ate it and said...
    Marvelous. This sounds so awesome GF, my mouth is watering. Thank you Lunny.
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  • juliecake 6 years ago
    This sounds wonderful, I'm always looking for new recipes using eggplant...thanks as always for sharing!
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  • lunasea 6 years ago
    Hi Turlak! You know, I've never baked these in the oven, but it might work. If you decide to bake them , let us know how they turn out. If it works out good, it'd be a nice alternative to frying.

    Thanks and Smiles,
    ~Vickie
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    " It was excellent "
    danadooley ate it and said...
    Oh Yes! Eggplant surrounding smoked mozzarella! Oh my, I've already had one swooning episode today and I feel another one coming on *shudder* ;) Gets my 5
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    " It was excellent "
    peetabear ate it and said...
    these look wonderful... I'm going to have to plant extra eggplant this year... a five in my book dear
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