Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane)

Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes

Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane)

This is a delicious recipe, which can be used for different occasions. It can be a starter, It can be a party snack or part of a main course when served as side dish.
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Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Calories 650 kcal

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Ingredients
 

  • 5 Large aubergines
  • 50 grams ( 2 oz) Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 200 grams ( 6-7 oz) Dry breadcrumbs (finely grated)
  • 1 Egg (medium size) – but keep an extra yolk handy
  • 1 Clove of garlic (finely chopped)
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley (finely chopped)
  • Sunflower oil for deep frying (if you want to add some extra flavour to the aubergine, you can use a mild or light olive oil available in the supermarket)

Instructions

  • Cut the ends off the aubergines.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Peel the skin off.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Cut the aubergines in large circles.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Quarter the circles or reduce them into smaller parts.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • This should be the final result.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Take a large pan full of cold water and put the aubergines into the pan.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Bring to the boil and keep boiling until they become dark and soft (in my case it took about 40 minutes).
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Pour the aubergines into a collander.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Squeeze with a large spoon in order to eliminate as much water as you can.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Now, pour the aubergines into a bowl.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Make a well in the centre.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Add the whole egg.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Mix together.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • If the mix looks too dry, I sometimes add an extra egg yolk in order to improve the binding. This may result in using more breadcrumbs to complete the mix.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Add the garlic and the parsley. Then, stir all together.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and stir everything together.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Sprinkle with salt, stir and taste the mix to check for seasoning.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Season with ground pepper (just 3-4 grinds).
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Finally, add the breadcrumbs. These should be added gradually while stirring to ensure that the mix becomes hard enough to make croquettes. Sometimes you need less breadcrumbs, sometimes more, it just depends on the amount of the water you left in the auburgines mix or if you added an extra egg yolk.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Preapare the croquettes. Croquettes must not be big otherwise they do not cook in the centre. I suggest the dimension of a nutshell. A very important thing do to is flatten the croquettes so the heat can easily reach the centre when frying.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Heat the oil.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • When the oil is hot, put the croquettes into the frying pan.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Leave them to fry for few seconds.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Then, move the croquettes gently with a spoon to ensure that they do not stick to the bottom of the pan.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • Continue frying for few minutes until the croquettes are golden brown. I always take one out and cut in two to check if it is cooked in the centre (if not, fry for extra time).
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • When the croquettes are ready, remove them from the frying pan and put them into a bowl with some kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
  • This is the final stage, where all the aubergines croquettes are perfectly cooked. You can eat them when warm but are also delicious eaten cold.
    Aubergines croquettes (Polpette di melanzane) | Vegetable recipes
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Nutrition

Calories: 650kcal
Keyword Vegetable
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By Federico

Federico Pezzaioli is an ex-badass Italian Paratrooper on a mission - to make creating delicious authentic Italian food really easy. He researches, writes and photographs each recipe with the same attention to detail he used to apply to packing his parachute.

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