Tray baked meatballs with eggplant and tomato

Fast food can be tasty and good for you at the same time. When I am not in the mood for cooking anything too involved, my go-to recipe is Middle Eastern inspired meatballs, tray baked with eggplant and tomato. The eggplant and tomato roasts to a rich thick sauce, perfect for meatballs. All you need is some rice or couscous to accompany, a dollop of thick plain yogurt and a fresh salad.


  • 500gm mince lamb or beef
  • 1 onion, grated and juice squeezed off
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • large pinch of salt


  • 1 medium eggplant, roughly diced
  • 3 medium tomatoes, roughly diced
  • few splashes of olive oil
  • large pinch of salt
  • Preheat oven to 180℃. Line two trays with baking paper.

In a bowl mix together mince lamb, grated onion, cumin and salt. Mix this really well to get the proteins working, this will help the meat stick together when you form the meat balls.

Shape the mince mixture into meatballs or kofta. Place onto a tray.

In a bowl mix the eggplant and tomatoes together with a splash of olive oil and salt until well coated. Scatter the vegetables over the second tray.

Place trays in the oven for 20mins or until the meatballs and vegetables are cooked.

Gently mix the meatballs into the roasted vegetables, adjust seasoning and serve.



This entry was published on September 19, 2017 at 1:34 pm. It’s filed under Meat, Vegetables & fruit and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Tray baked meatballs with eggplant and tomato

  1. Looks and sounds delicious, great post!


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