These veggie-based alternative to meatballs turned out much better than I expected - so I was quite disappointed when I dropped the whole bowl (after taste-testing a couple first, thankfully!). They're great as a finger-food or party snack, or a replacement for meatballs in other recipes.
1 cup eggplant, diced
1 cup mushroom, finely chopped
½ small red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ cup oats
½ cup walnuts
1 teaspoon basil, finely chopped
1 teaspoon oregano
Pinch of salt
1tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, eggplant and mushroom, and fry for around 10 minutes.
Pulse oats and walnuts in a blender or food processor to a loose powder (pulse to a fine powder for small children).
Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well to combine.
Roll into small balls and arrange on a tray covered with baking paper.
Bake for around 20 minutes, turning halfway through so they brown on both sides.
Serve with a little yoghurt, salsa or tarator (tahini dip).
Makes around 10 balls