Eggplant is one of those veggies that doesn’t get used too often as a homemade baby food ingredient – but that’s often because it’s hard to think of what to do with it!
We already have a few tasty eggplant (or aubergine) baby food ideas on our site – see the link at the foot of this post – but today we have a yummy finger food idea for you, which is perfect for babies who are feeding themselves!
To Make Tasty Eggplant Patties For Your Baby You Will Need…
1/2 small eggplant/aubergine
3 tbsp grated Cheddar
3 tbsp dry whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 tbsp mashed white potato
1 tsp dried parsley
pinch dried oregano
1 tsp green onion (spring onion/scallion), chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
little pinch freshly ground black pepper.
Preheat the oven to 350 deg F (180 deg C).
If the eggplant skin is thin and tender, leave it on. If it is thick, then peel it – it may taste bitter.
Dice the eggplant flesh, then steam until tender. Mash well.
In a bowl, mix the eggplant with the cheese, bread crumbs, mashed potato, garlic, herbs, black pepper and green onion. If the mixture seems too dry and dense, add a little milk.
Shape into patties, of a size to suit your baby, then place on a greased baking sheet.
Drizzle with a little olive oil, then bake for 20 mins, turning once during the cooking time, until golden.
Serve just as they are, or with a tomato sauce (for older babies) or even as a healthy alternative to beef patties served in a bun!
Tip: Save time in the kitchen by making a larger quantity of the mixture in bulk, then freezing BEFORE baking in the oven.