Smoked Eggplant Meatballs In Tomato Sauce Recipe | MAGGI® Arabia

Smoked Eggplant Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Smoked Eggplant Meatballs cooked to perfection in  tomato sauce with peppers, onions and garlic. Check out other recipes in MAGGI® Arabia for more home cooking inspirations.

Ingredients

  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 medium eggplant or 250 g
  • 2 cups water or 500 ml
  • 500 g minced beef
  • 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs or 150 g
  • 2 medium onions or 200 g finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 cube MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon or 10 g
  • ¼ cup hot water or 60 ml
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion or 50 g finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 cans or 800 g crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup hot water or 125 ml
  • 1 cube MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon or 10 g
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

How to Prepare

  1. Grill the whole eggplant on an open fire (or in an oven) until the skin is nearly burnt and the flesh is soft to the touch. Set aside to cool, peel the skin and cut into 5 cm cubes.
  2. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the eggplant pieces and cook for 3-4 mins. This will draw out all the bitter juices. Drain well, mash and allow to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggplant with beef, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, oregano, black pepper, chili flakes and 1 cube MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon in water, and mix well. Make the eggplant/meat mixture into golf ball-sized balls and place in a large shallow pan about 2 cm apart.
  4. Bake in a preheated 190°C oven for 15 to 20 mins until cooked and the top part is golden. Remove and allow to cool for 10 mins.
  5. Meanwhile, sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil for 2 mins. Add MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon, water, crushed tomatoes and oregano, and simmer for about 15 to 20 mins.
  6. Place half the sauce in an ovenproof casserole dish. Place the slightly cooled meatballs over the sauce and pour the remaining sauce.
  7. Bake in an oven at 175°C for 10-15 mins or until the sauce starts bubbling.
  8. Serve with white rice or flat bread.

Nutritional Info

Energy: 370.00 Kcal
Protein: 29.00 g
Carbohydrate: 30.00 g
Fats: 19.00 g

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