Hot and Spicy Eggplant Patties
- 4 baby eggplants, skin-on and diced
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cracked cloves garlic, plus 2 finely chopped cloves
- 1 red dry hot pepper, diced
- 1 large porcini, diced
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons pecorino Romano
- 1 1/4 cups unseasoned bread crumbs
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil or light olive oil
- Fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped
- Fresh basil, finely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
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- Place the diced eggplant in a small deep bowl. Season with salt and compress
with heavy object. Let it stand for approximately 1 hour.
- Squeeze out excess juice and set aside.
- In a small frying pan, begin to heat 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil,
2 cracked garlic cloves, hot pepper. When fragrant, add the eggplant and diced
mushrooms for approximately 3 minutes until brown and crisp. Discard the garlic.
- In a bowl, beat eggs, add grated cheese, black pepper, remaining 2 tablespoons
of extra-virgin olive oil, chopped fresh basil, and parsley. Add the eggplant,
mushrooms, 2 garlic finely chopped cloves, and bread crumbs, and mix thoroughly.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large non-stick frying pan or skillet. Wet your
hands and begin to scoop 1/2 cup of mix to make patties. Start to fry when oil
is very hot. Cook for 4 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Remove from pan and place on tray lined with paper towels to cool and absorb
- Serve immediately.
Yield: 8 servings
Posted by Tiffany at Recipe Goldmine 2/9/2002 6:59 pm.
Source: Recipe courtesy Eleanora Scarpetta
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