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Great Groceries: Eggplant Meatballs

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Eggplant Meatballs

1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 1/4 lbs. eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs 
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. chopped parsley 
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. chopped basil
1 (24 oz.) jar Sparkle Brillante sauce

Preheat oven to 375°.

Place olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot add eggplant, onion and water. Season with salt and pepper, cook for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally until tender. Transfer to bowl of a food processor and pulse.

Transfer eggplant to a bowl and add bread crumbs, egg, cheese, parsley, garlic and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Form eggplant mixture into 24 balls and transfer to a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until firm and browned.

Heat sauce in a large deep skillet. Add meatballs and simmer for 5 minutes. Garnish meatballs with basil and cheese.

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