Welcome to Cirio International

Please, choose your country

Autentico Italiano dal 1856


Cooking as Italians do


Choose the region by selecting it
from the dropdown menu below.


Cirio processes only Italian tomatoes and operates an eco-friendly farming system to protect the environment.

All recipes » Starters

Eggplant meatballs in sweet and sour sauce and mint Product Of Abruzzo

Cirio products used in this recipe

See all Cirio's products


  • 3 eggplant
  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons mixed with raisins and pine nuts
  • 8/10 mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 350 g of Passata CIRIO
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 tablespoon of flour
  • salt
  • Oil (for frying)


  1. Cut an eggplant in half and empty the pulp
  2. Remove the skin of the other two eggplant, cut into chunks
  3. Put it all to boil in a pot with water and salt
  4. Set aside the boats eggplant pulp-free, which will be used to contain and then we fry the meatballs.
  5. Boil for a few minutes the pulp , and drain well.
  6. Just cold, season the flesh of the eggplant with parmesan, breadcrumbs, egg, flour, raisins and pine nuts, chopped mint and salt. 
  7. Knead, if you need to add more bread crumbs and form into balls
  8. Move the meatballs in flour and fry in oil
  9. Fry the eggplant boats and let them drain well
  10. Separately in a frying pan, heat the sauce Cirio, add the vinegar and sugar and season with salt
  11. Cook for a few minutes and add the meatballs , season them well and serve within the boats fries
  12. Garnish with mint leaves, ready to eat!