Eggplant Fritters

Eggplant Fritters

Αccent: 
Melitzanokeftedes
Title in Greek: 
Μελιτζανοκεφτέδες
Recipes Categories: 
Eggplant Fritters
Preparation Time: 
1 hour and 30 minutes
Serves: 
4
Ingredients: 

4 ½ lb (2 kg) eggplants (aubergines)
1 cup (120 g) mild kefalotiri, pecorino, or parmesan, grated
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon baking powder 
4 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 small onion, very finely chopped
1 garlic clove, very finely chopped
100 g fresh bread crumbs
Fine dry bread crumbs or all- purpose (plain) flour, for coating 
Vegetable oil, for frying 
Salt
Paprika
Tzatziki, to serve 
 

Cooking Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Directions: 

- Preheat the broiler (grill). Spread out the eggplants on a cookie sheet (baking tray) and broil (grill), turning frequently, until the skin is blackened and charred and the flesh is soft. 
- Remove from the broiler, halve the eggplants, and scoop out the flesh. Process to a puree in a food processor. This should produce about 2 cups (450 ml /16 fl oz) puree. 
- Scrape it into a large bowl, stir in the cheese, eggs, baking powder, parsley, onion, and garlic, and season with salt and paprika. Mix in enough fresh bread crumbs to form a soft, pliable mixture. 
- Chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour. Spread out the dry bread crumbs or flour on a shallow plate. Form the eggplant mixture into patties and gently roll in the bread crumbs or flour to coat. 
- Pour the oil into a heavy skillet or frying pan to a depth of about half inch (5 mm) and heat. Add the patties, in batches, and cook until browned on both sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. 
- Serve hot with Tzatziki.
 

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