Smoky Eggplant Parmesan Meatballs in Homemade Pasta sauce

Here is exciting news! I have two recipes for you today. The amazing Parmesan meatballs and the best ever home-made pasta (Macaroni) sauce! These meatballs in this sauce are so good that describing their awesomeness may need a post of its own.

But first, a short story.  About two years ago, my mother decided to mass (…OK not mass. Around 50 plants) plant eggplants. We nurtured them till the plants started putting on beautiful fruits (are eggplants fruits?). The first harvest produced a good yield and we exhausted every possible way we’ve ever prepared eggplants. The second harvest brought an even bigger yield but by that time we were fed up with eggplants so we started giving them away and selling the rest.  About a year later, I learned how to make this Filipino eggplant omelette from a friend. It was so good I wished I had known about the recipe earlier when we had eggplants in abundance!

This eggplant omelette inspired these Parmesan meatballs. Roasting the eggplants gives them a smoky meaty flavor. Adding a generous amount of Parmesan adds a meaty flavor while enhancing the flavor of the meatballs. With my friends over at Paramount Dairies, I bring you these irresistible smoky eggplant Parmesan meatballs in rich homemade tomato sauce.  This dish makes the ultimate accompaniment to pasta (Macaroni), is vegetarian friendly and, not to mention, an absolute comfort food.  Let’s get cooking.

What you will need:

Pasta (Macaroni) Sauce

20 tomatoes

3 medium onions, finely chopped

4 Garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon coriander

½ Tsp cinnamon

1 C Tomato sauce/ketchup

4 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan

1/8 C. Sugar

2 Tbsp. Cooking oil

1 Tsp. Mild Chilli oil (optional)

Salt

Meatballs

5 Eggplants

2 Large green papers

1 Medium carrot

1 C. Grated Parmesan

1 Large Irish potato

2 Packs dehydrated soya meat (about two cups)

¼C. Baking Flour

2 Large eggs

1 Tsp. Garlic powder/2 Tsp. Finely chopped garlic

½ Tsp. Black pepper

1 Large onion

Salt

Oil for frying

 

Observations

  1. Chilli oil is optional. The amount you add depends on how much you can endure.
  2. The tomatoes are juicy and will cook in their own juices. Adding water is not required but if you prefer a lighter sauce, add about a cup of water.
  3. I used tomato sauce made in Uganda because it has a ketchup feel and consistency.
  4. Adding sugar reduces the sourness of the tomatoes and adds a subtle sweet flavor that compliments the savory meatballs.
  5. The eggplants may burst. This is normal. They are releasing the heat. To prevent the bursting though, slash them with(like how you would a whole fish to be cooked)a knife before roasting.
  6. This recipe makes 45+ meatballs.

 

Method

Sauce

Wash the tomatoes and then peel them. Cut into quarters then set aside. Put a saucepan on medium heat and add the oil. Let it get hot then add the garlic. Wait for the garlic to slightly turn brown then add the onions. Stir well. After two minutes, add the quartered tomatoes. And stir them well. Add chili oil. Cover the pan and let the tomatoes cook. After about 5 minutes, remove the lid and stir the tomatoes. Add the coriander and salt. Stir then cover again and let the tomatoes simmer in their juices. After about two minutes, when the tomatoes are starting to soften, use the flat back of a wooden spoon or the bottom side of a plastic cup (feel free to improvise. Anything that can mash the tomatoes will work.) to mash them while stirring occasionally. When all the tomatoes are mashed and a thick-like soup consistency is formed, add the ketchup/tomato sauce, cinnamon and sugar. Stir well and place the lid back on. Let it simmer for another 10 minutes. Add the grated Parmesan and stir well. Remove from fire.

Meatballs

Wash well all the vegetables to be used. On a charcoal/gas stove with high fire, roast the eggplants till charred. While the eggplants are roasting, finely chop the green pepper, the onion and the garlic. Grate the carrot and potato. Keep an eye on the roasting eggplants. Using a brown paper bag (or any bag, improvise), crush the dehydrated soya meat till they are like breadcrumbs. Once all the eggplants are fully charred, let them cool down. After, remove all the charred skin and cut off the stalks. The flesh inside will be fully cooked.

 

In a bowl, combine the grated potato, roasted eggplants, ground dehydrated soya meat, onion, salt, garlic powder and black pepper, carrot, green pepper and eggs. Mix well. Next add grated Parmesan and flour and mix well. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes (or more for the flavors to fully incorporate). This will allow the dehydrated soya meat to absorb excess liquid.

 

After five minutes (or more), start forming the meatballs. Put a sauce pan on medium heat and add oil enough for the meatballs to be halfway submerged. Let the oil get ready. Add the meatballs in the hot oil and let them fry till they turn golden brown. Once all the meatballs are fried, add half of them in the pasta (Macaroni) sauce sprinkle some more cheese and put back the pan with the sauce on fire. Let them simmer for 5 minutes (till the cheese melts.). Remove from fire. Cook the pasta (Macaroni) according to directions on the pack. Serve pasta (Macaroni) with the sauce and meatballs and sprinkle some more cheese on top! I told you this is exciting. You can easily double this recipe and serve guests an epic meal!

 

🙂

Sophie

You can find Paramount Parmesan Cheese in major supermarkets in Kampala

20 Independence Day Recipes You Should Try

October 9I Have exciting news for you! 9th of October is around the corner! But first, how did September treat you? I hope well! Independence Day is approaching real soon! What are your plans? I don’t know yet but I am sure te day will be chaotic almost everywhere! I plan to spend my time cooking and hanging out. So while you are thinking of what to do, let me give you a head start with these 20 mouth-watering dishes you should be making! Click on the images to get recipes.

This Stir-Fried Posho

These Stir-Fried Bean Sprouts

This Creamy Dodo Pasta

These Bean Burger PattiesThis large Three-Flour Doughnut

These Simsim(Sesame) Coated Sweet Potato Balls

This Fresh Sauteed Corn

This Passion Juice

This colorful Ribbon Salad

These Cheesy Pea Samosas

Picked out something yet? Well, lets keep going!

This Lemon Iced Tea

This Breakfast Dodo Rolex

This Creamy Pumpkin Soup

These Icecream Biscuit Parfaits

These Brunch Pizza Sandwiches

These Sauteed Potato Wedges in Palm Oil

This Lemongrass Iced Tea

These Easy Rice Balls

This Papaya Slushie

And finally this Mango-Pear Pie

Now lets get cooking, shall we?

🙂

Sophie

Creative Blogger Award

CBAA few weeks ago, I was nominated for the Creative Blogger Award by sweet blogger pal Erin of Erin Eats Everything. I am so honored to be nominated especially since last Thursday, the second, marked three solid years of writing here, sharing my love for cooking, being in the kitchen and a part of my life experiences. This blog would not be what it is without my Heavenly Father and you loyal readers and for that I am grateful.So, to keep the chain going, I will be following the instructions and hope you do the same if nominated.
Rules/instructions:
1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you (mention your nominator in your own award post with a link back to their original award post, which would be this one).
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate other bloggers and comment on their blogs (usually on their about page or contact directly if necessary) to let them know.

Here are 7 things to know about me:
1. I prefer savory salty food over sweets and more than often, you will find me eating, and preparing the former more than the latter.
2. I am an introvert.
3. After high school, I was torn among taking music, literature and going to culinary school. Funny thing is I never took any of them.
4. I love reading books as equally as I love writing. These two keep me sane. Plus cooking.
5. Speaking of cooking, I love cooking and coming up with random combinations thus celebrating fusion cuisine here on the blog.
6. I love the energy and brightness that comes with sunrises
7. Now that I food blog, I love the fact that our food culture is so varied and rich with history, art and flavor.

Nominations!
I would like to nominate some other blogs that I enjoy reading in no particular order.
Onyait Odeke has a way with words that motivate and keep you reading till the end.
All Tim Ate is a wonderful visual of mouth-watering foods.
Its Maya Bee is so beautiful and has great fashion sense
Let It Come From Your Heart is an inspiration to all with dreamy images and quotes.
Chocolaty Prints is a delight to read and Karen always has something interesting to tell plus great images.

Sareta’s Kitchen that is full of wonderful recipes I would love to try.

🙂

Sophie