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Eggplant Parmigiana Meatball Subs

Eggplant Parmigiana Meatball Subs

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15 mins + 45 mins
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Serves 6


  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled, chopped coarsely
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 420g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 1 small red onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Vegetable oil
  • 6 long soft bread rolls
  • 1 cup tomato pasta sauce
  • 40g baby rocket leaves
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar


1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Line an oven tray with baking paper.

2. Place eggplant on the oven tray and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 25 minutes, or until golden and tender.

3. In a processor, add eggplant, chickpeas, onion, garlic, rosemary and parmesan and process until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1 cup of the breadcrumbs, and pulse until combined. Roll level tablespoons of eggplant mixture into 24 balls. Roll eggplant balls in remaining breadcrumbs to coat.

4. Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large saucepan. Add eggplant balls and fry, in batches, for 2 minutes, or until golden and heated through. Drain on paper towel.

5. Preheat grill. Cut rolls lengthways from the top, without cutting all the way through. Spread sides with pasta sauce, top with 4 eggplant balls and sprinkle with extra parmesan. Grill for 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

6. In a small bowl, combine rocket and vinegar. Top each roll with the rocket to serve.


Alternatively you could bake the "meatballs" rather than frying for a healthier option.


• Energy 2370Kj • Protein 21g • Total Fat 25g • Saturated Fat 7g • Carbohydrates 60g • Sugars 10g • Sodium 1176mg

Dietary and nutritional info supplied by NZ Nutrition Foundation


Qty Price
Fresh Produce Eggplant $2.99 ea
$2.99 ea
Essentials Olive Oil $5.00 ea
$5.00 ea
Select Chick Peas No Added Salt
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Fresh Produce Onions Red Peeled $5.99 kg
$5.99 kg
Fresh Produce Garlic Nz $26.99 kg
$26.99 kg
Superb Herb Rosemary Fresh $3.50 ea
$3.50 ea
Perfect Italiano Hard Cheese Parmesan Block $7.50 ea was $9.29
$7.50 ea was $9.29
Masterfoods Seasoning Salt & Pepper Grinder
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Sun Valley Foods Bread Crumbs Wholegrain $2.19 ea
$2.19 ea
Countdown Vegetable Oil $1.70 ea
$1.70 ea
Instore Bakery Bread Rolls Long Soft $3.40 ea
$3.40 ea
Macro Organic Pasta Sauce Tomato, Garlic & Basil $4.50 ea
$4.50 ea
Countdown Salad Baby Gourmet Mix $3.99 ea
$3.99 ea
Lupi Vinegar Balsamic
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