These hearty, delicious eggplant morsels can be used as a replacement for meatballs, or they can be fried into patties and eaten like burgers.
- 2 pounds fresh okra, sliced in 1/8 inch pieces
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 6 packets instant grits
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- salt and black pepper to taste
- ½ cup oil for frying, or as needed
Combine okra, tomato, and onion in a large bowl. Add the grits, eggs, salt, and pepper and blend together using your hands.
Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Form patties 2 1/2 inches in diameter, about 1/2 the size of a hamburger. Place the fritter in the pan and cook until golden brown, about five minutes. Flip with a spatula and cook until browned on the other side, about five minutes more. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.
Prep time: 30 mins / Cooking time: 30 mins / Total time: 1 hr 15 mins
Serving: 6 / Yield: 18 balls