Meatball Eggplant Burger Recipe

#568 Eggplant 'Yume Shizuka' aka 'Meatball'

#568 Eggplant ‘Yume Shizuka’ aka ‘Meatball’

The eggplant is one of my favorite plants to grow after trialing a few container varieties in my home garden raised beds about three years ago. I remember the plant was a Burpee varieties just like this new eggplant that was introduced by W. Atlee Burpee Company that I’m growing in the geodesic bio dome.  The new ‘meatless’ variety is a new variety that is an excellent substitute for meat.  George Ball, who heads Pennsylvania-based Burpee, new hardy ‘Meatball’ eggplant is totally different from any other and the new variety is attracting many new to growing eggplant home gardeners. According to Burpee’s chairman and chief executive the difference between‘Meatball’ varieties and others is a game-changer because it is sweet, succulent, buttery taste, and dense, meaty consistency. The eggplant is also gaining popularity because it is an alternative to a constant diet of meat.  I can’t wait to try mine in a few weeks as it is almost ready in the dome after receiving a garden writer trial plant to grow of my own in May and can expect a harvest roughly two months after planting. Below is a recipe that I can’t wait to give a try using the ‘Meatball’ variety because with all the amazing ingredients it will no doubt be tasty and an easy way to cut calories.

Meatball Eggplant Burger Recipe
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Serving Size: 4-5 servings

Meatball Eggplant Burger Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed Italian parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium sized Burpee ‘Meatball’ eggplants
  • *Some salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix first two ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mince half cup loosely packed Italian parsley leaves and one garlic clove and the olive oil and combine with egg and breadcrumb mixture.
  3. Peel ‘Meatball’ eggplants and grate them with the largest holes of a hand grater on a paper towel to absorb excess moisture and add to mixture, adding the salt and pepper in the last minute before cooking.
  4. You will obtain a soft mixture. If it is too watery, add a tablespoon of all-purpose flour.
  5. Form into patties and cook in a heavy pan, or in the new parlance cook it "a la plancha", in a small amount of your favorite oil. (Due to the soft texture of the mixture, you will not be able to cook this hamburger on a regular grill.)
  6. Cook some thick slices of white onion at the same time, in the same pan.
  7. Serve with fresh-sliced tomato and some freshly-picked leaves of lettuce.
  8. Enjoy the best meatless hamburger ever! Get 'Meatball' Here!

Recipe and image credit : Burpee Home Garden

Eggplant : Grow, Harvest and Eat It Live Stream

Don’t miss me and my friend Janet Cassidy as we live stream on BLAB sharing tips on how to grow, harvest and eat eggplant on July 20, 2016 starting at 11 am ET.  I will be cooking it up out at my grill on my kitchen patio garden and Janet will most likely being in her fabulous kitchen.  Below is information about the live-stream.  You will be able to find the replay on the link below or over on the Spade to Spoon Playlist located on YouTube.com

What do you love about eggplant? Do you cook it up on the grill or just enjoy it mixed in other stir fries. Do you grow your own? I’d love to connect with you so please share a link below to your website or just comment on this post so we can connect.

Happy Gardening,

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