Wednesday, April 08, 2009


What a nice surprise I had at lunchtime today when Rosa [who cleans my flat, organises me and looks after me like a sister] arrived with a dish of these delicious polpette. Of course I had to sit her down and get her to tell me the recipe and she has given me permission to share it here. It's a kind of Italo-Albanian recipe and Rosa, like many cooks I know, doesn't give precise quantities, so we can all have fun working them out for ourselves!

8 oz [about] finely minced veal or beef
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 or 2 red peppers, chopped
a little rice [no need to parboil first]
pane grattuggiato [fine breadcrumbs]
2 eggs
some homemade tomato sauce
salt and black pepper

Mix everything together well. Form into ball shapes. Put them in a frying pan with about 4 tablesp olive oil and fry till they take on a good colour. Put them all in an ovenproof dish with water to just cover and cook at 200 C. "How long for?" I asked. "Oh, you'll have to test them every now and then and when you judge the rice to be ready, they're done", said Rosa. If you like, sprinkle a little lemon juice over the polpette to serve.


Betty said...

What a tasty looking surprise!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm yep thats dinner for tomorrow night... big thank you to Rosa :)

Whispering Walls said...

I'm going to try that!

James Higham said...

Never a stone unturned.

Lucia said... don't know how excited I was to see this post! My mother makes these once in a blue moon and to get her to write the recipe for me is like waiting for an actual blue moon...I am going to definitely make these this weekend on top of everything else I have to do, they're going to be a hit!
Buona Pasqua!

CherryPie said...

I would never have guessed those ingredients. They look and sound delicious :-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Betty. Yes, it was! Rosa will be so pleased, Abbey and WW. Hi, James. ?? Hi, Lucia. I am glad and Rosa will be thrilled. They were, Cherie.

Nunyaa said...

How delicious sounding and looking, I am definitely going to have a go at making these :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, nunyaa. Let me know how it turns out!

Ellee Seymour said...

It looks a bit fiddly for me. I'd like to have someone prepare it for me though.

Anonymous said...

We cooked it and got a big Yummm from my daughter

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Ellee. I like fiddly dishes! Hi, Anbbey. I am pleased and so will Rosa be!


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