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Patties and meatballs are always a guarantee of success, so I’m constantly seeking alternative ingredients to meat to make some tasty, quick and easy ones: find out how to prepare Eggplant patties with yoghurt sauce.
The inspiration for this recipe is a dish prepared by some Sicilian friends where I modified some steps and ingredients to make my patties as light as possible so that they can be suitable for frequent consumption. Since they are vegetable-based and I didn’t want to add egg, you will struggle a bit to give them a regular shape, but don’t worry too much about their aesthetics because the taste will overshadow it.
I wanted to propose a yoghurt sauce to accompany the patties so that you can also serve them as an appetiser or aperitif, but served with a vegetable side dish they will also be perfect as a main course.
And if you love meatballs, have fun browsing the session Meatballs and Patties of the blog.

Eggplant patties with yoghurt sauce

carbohydrates 13.5g per 100g of patties without sauce

Ingredients for the patties

  • 650g eggplant
  • 150g cherry tomatoes
  • 40 g breadcrumbs** plus breadcrumbs for breading
  • 35g almonds
  • 30g celery
  • 1 tablespoon desalted capers
  • chopped cumin, coriander and green pepper to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Ingredients for the sauce

  • 200g fat free Greek yoghurt
  • 40g soy milk*
  • 10g seed oil
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of pistachio paste
  • salt and pepper

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Dice the eggplants, sprinkle them with salt and place them in a colander to draw out moisture for about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the moisture from the eggplants with paper towels, then put them in a wok with a little oil. Wilt them over high heat, stirring frequently, and add the halved cherry tomatoes, continuing to stir occasionally until the eggplants are cooked.
  3. Blend the almonds to a flour, then add the chopped celery, desalted capers, eggplants and cherry tomatoes in the blender and blend until smooth; thicken by adding the breadcrumbs, season with salt, pepper and chopped spices to taste.
  4. Form patties with a teaspoon and coat them with breadcrumbs, then place on a baking tray covered with parchment paper, drizzle with a little oil and bake in a convection oven preheated to 200°C until golden brown.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the yoghurt sauce by mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  6. Serve the patties with the yoghurt sauce as an appetiser or with a vegetable side dish as a main course.

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Version with gluten of Eggplant patties with yoghurt sauce

Replace gluten-free breadcrumbs with standard breadcrumbs, no other adaptation is needed.