Friday, July 18, 2014

Classic Italian Fried Meatball - Polpette

These soft and crispy, fried meatballs are simple to make and delicious to eat. A classic Italian, hearty, comfort food.
Happy Friday!
Let's start the weekend with a dish that, for sure, will satisfy your craving for a savory, hearty, comfort meal. Yes, these classic Italian fried polpette, soft and crispy, are what you are looking for!
Simple to make and delicious to eat. These meatballs are perfect for a fun, cozy dinner at home, served with a green salad or baked potatoes. You can eat them hot, right off the pan, or warm, so you can take some along on your next picnic.
And make sure to cook plenty!  Leftovers meatballs are always everyone's favorite, especially on some toasted baguette with some lettuce for a super tasty sandwich.
Here is the recipe!

Ingredients: To make about 20 meatballs, serving 4-6 people     Printable Recipe

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 5 slices of bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly minced
  • 6 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • half cup of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, plain
  • about 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Step 1: Remove the crust from the bread and cut it in small cubes. Place it in a small bowl with the milk to soak for a few minutes.

Step 2: In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, pork and the eggs, and mix together with a fork. Add the bread (drained from the extra  milk), chopped parsley, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, salt and pepper. When mixing with fork keep the mixture soft.
Step 3: To make the meatballs, scoop a spoonful of mixture, roll it in your palms. Don't press it too hard, but rolled it just enough so that it keeps its shape. Roll the meatball in the bread crumbs. I make mine a little flat, so that they are faster to cook.

Step 4: Cook in olive oil over medium-high flame for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Lower the flame to medium and cook until nice and golden, and fully cooked inside (should be
another 10 minutes or so).

 Buon Appetito!

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