Hot and Spicy Eggplant Patties

Posted by Tiffany 2/9/2002 6:59 pm

Source: Recipe courtesy Eleanora Scarpetta

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

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 excess oil. Serve immediately.

Yield: 8 servings

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