Fried ‘polpette di carne’ (meatballs)

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Time 01 Hour
  • 500g beef mince (ground meat)
  • 1 egg
  • 50g dried breadcrumbs
  • 100ml milk
  • 30g Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Sea salt, freshly ground black pepper
  • canola oil for frying

How to Make It
Step 1

Place the breadcrumbs in a medium-sized bowl and pour the milk over to soak for a few minutes. Add the beef mince (ground meat), egg, Parmigiano Reggiano, and parsley to the bowl with milk soaked breadcrumbs. Season well with salt and pepper to taste, then use your hands to mix until well combined.

Step 2

Roll 1 heaped tablespoon of the mince mixture into a ball. Place onto a plate and repeat with the remaining mince mixture. Cover the plate of polpette (meatballs) with cling film (plastic wrap) and refrigerate for 30 minutes. This allows the polpette to firm up.

Step 3

Pour enough canola oil into a large frying pan to reach a depth of 1cm. Heat the frying pan over medium-high heat to reach a temperature of 170-180°C (when the oil is ready, a pinch of breadcrumbs sizzle when dropped in the saucepan). Cook the polpette, in batches of 4, turning occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or until golden and crisp. Add additional canola oil, where required. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Serve immediately – buon appetito.

500g beef mince (ground meat)|1 egg|50g dried breadcrumbs|100ml milk|1 egg|30g Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated|2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped|Sea salt, freshly ground black pepper|canola oil for frying

Vanessa Bottaro

Author, Founder and Creative Director at Italian Spoon
In my eyes, Italian cuisine is love on a plate.

Vanessa is Creative Director of the Italian Spoon website and Author of The Italian entertaining cookbook, a collection of home-style Italian recipes and tips for entertaining in true Italian-style. In addition to cooking and taking photographs, Vanessa writes the recipes and blogs to bring the love of Italian cooking to life! The collection of recipes and blogs on the website have been inspired by travels to Italy and desire to share what she has learnt from the great ‘Mamma’s and ‘Nonna’s in her life!

Vanessa is an entrepreneur and wife to husband Simone and the mother of two beautiful kids Dante and Mia. Even so she was born and lives in Melbourne Australia, Vanessa has a deep connection to Italy. Perhaps it is the food, or maybe it is because it is the place where Vanessa met the love of her life, Simone to whom she has been happily married for so many years.
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