polpettine di melanzane (eggplant meatballs)

We recently took an Italian vegetarian class at ICE, and this was probably my favorite recipe. We split up into small groups and each was assigned to a dish. In the end, we were supposed to all sit down and have the meal as a group. These eggplant meatballs did not make it to the table- enough said.



2 eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes

1/3 cup olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 large garlic cloves, minced

20 sprigs italian parsley, chopped

2 large eggs

1 cup fresh bread crumbs

3/4 cup grated Pecorino cheese

3 cups fine bread crumbs, made from day old bread

1 cup sunflower or light olive oil, for frying


Heat the olive oil over medium heat and saute eggplant cubes until lightly golden and very tender. Add onion and continue to cook until onions are tender and translucent. Add garlic and cook for additional 2 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper, transfer to bowl and refrigerate until mixture is well chilled.

When eggplant mixture is cold, fold in the parsley, eggs, fresh breadcrumbs and pecorino. Adjust seasoning if needed.

To shape, take heaping tablespoons of the eggplant mixture ( I like to use an ice cream scoop), form into small patties, and dredge in fine bread crumbs. Place formed polpettine on a lined pan until ready to cook.

Heat the oil over medium heat and add polpettine when hot, a few at a time and cook until well browned on both sides. (Here you may seek the assistance of your husband like I did).

Arrange on a decorative platter and serve warm or room temperature.

Note- these can be served on their own, or with a side of marinara sauce. We had them by themselves during the class and no one complained. I like to have these with spaghetti. They freeze well in case you want to double the recipe.




good reads

crazy rich asians


Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

Why I liked it:

This is a light read for those who are want to get a glimpse of just how ridiculously wealthy the rich of Singapore are. This book made me feel: hungry (the food references are insane), entertained, and so happy to not be a crazy rich Asian! I could easily this being adapted into a movie. Fun read for a book club!