Friday, 13 July 2012

FOOD FRIDAY: polpette della nonna

Yes, this does mean some kind of yummy Italian recipe every Friday!

That's not to say that I won't be talking about food the rest of the week. Being as golosa as I am, that would be quite impossible!

This one is my favourite recipes so far (or at least, it's up there with the lasagne): Italian meatballs. Italians do meat very well. Yes, they are masters of pizza and pasta and gelato...but never underestimate their ability with meat.

These meatballs can be cooked in a tomato sauce (try this one, with or without the pancetta!) or you can choose the less healthy option (ahem, like I did..) and fry them in a pan. To make these meatballs, you will need to following (remember, I don't always work in quantities...too restricting..and often I just go with what feels right...or what the Italian boyfriend advises me to do..OK OK close brackets now):

 garlic clove
grated Parmesan cheese
olive oil
minced meat (we used a mixture of pork and beef) about 300g for two hungry people 

 First, chop up the parsley and the garlic into teeny tiny pieces (if you're a clumsy oaf like me, watch your fingers..)

In a bowl, mix these in with the meat (get stuck in with your hands!)

Add the Parmesan (lots...don't be shy)

Add an egg, and then add the breadcrumbs (until the mixture is no longer really liquidy due to the egg)

Using your fingers, roll the meat up into balls

Then place into a pan of oil. You don't need a huge amount, about this much:

Then, while constantly turning the meatballs, ensure they are well browned and cooked through. It took me about 10-15 minutes, but this will depend on how big the meatballs are.

And finally, after soaking up the oil a little (not sure how much difference it makes but I always do it!)...

P.S- If you decide to cook these in a tomato sauce, it is of course healthier than using oil, but will take longer. Ensure the meatballs are cooked through.

I got the idea of having a food Friday from Shari over at The Daily Dish- check out her blog here.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the shoutout. Meatballs are one of my favorite things to make!