Polpete


Polpete
The polpete are the delicious meatballs of the Italian cuisine, softer than the classic meatballs because they contain breadcrumbs moistened with milk.
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Last modified on: April 8th 2023

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30 min.1 hour21 min.1 hour 51 min.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 5 min.
Polpete

Making the meat balls

Remove the crust from 3 slices bread (use it in another recipe), put the crumb only in a bowl and sprinkle it with 1 glass milk.

Let it soak in.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Polpete
In the meantime, in a salad bowl, pour 300 g minced beef, ½ onion finely chopped and parsley also chopped.

Salt and pepper.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Polpete
Add the milk-soaked bread, squeezed between your hands, grated 50 g Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano) and 2 eggs.

Stage 4 - 3 min.
Polpete
Mix thoroughly.

You can do it with a mixer, or simply by hand...

Stage 5
Polpete
...until you get...

Stage 6 - 1 hour
Polpete
...a homogeneous mixture.

Let rest 1 hour in the refrigerator if possible.

Stage 7 - 10 min.
Polpete
Shape them into balls and place them on a baking sheet, possibly protected by a sheet of baking paper.

If you don't use them right away, you can freeze them at this stage: put the baking sheet in the freezer, and when the balls are frozen, transfer them to a closed plastic freezer bag.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
Polpete

Cooking

In a large frying pan over medium heat, pour in 4 tablespoons olive oil and when it is hot add the dumplings, just brown them on each "face".

Put on hold in a plate

Stage 9 - 1 min.
Polpete
In the same pan, add a little olive oil, then chopped 1 shallot, 2 bayleaves, 1 sprig thyme, 1 garlic clove, salt and pepper.

Cook for 1 minute, without browning.

Stage 10 - 10 min.
Polpete
Pour in 300 g peeled and chopped tomatoes, add more salt and pepper, and let thicken gently for about 10 minutes.

Stage 11 - 5 min.
Polpete
Add the previously set aside meatballs, sprinkle with tomatoes and let them warm up slowly.

Stage 12 - 2 min.
Polpete
Just before serving, remove and discard thyme, garlic clove and bay leaves.

Check seasoning.

Stage 13
Polpete
Serve the polpete with the side dish of your choice, in this case white rice, and a generous helping of tomato puree.
Remarks
In principle, popete is beef, but you can also put several meats together: beef + pork for example, or beef + veal.

Pecorino instead, or with it, Parmesan is also a very good option.
Keeping
1 or 2 days in the refrigerator, protected by a stretch film.
Source
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,842 Kcal or 7,712 Kj105 gr127 gr150 gr
92 %40 %12 %23 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
159 Kcal or 666 Kj9 gr11 gr13 gr
8 %3 %1 %2 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
74 Kcal or 310 Kj4 gr5 gr6 gr
4 %2 %<1 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten, Milk, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 25 pieces : 7.17 €
  • Per piece : 0.29 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Minced beefMinced beef: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Meatballs, Algerian brik rolls, Italian style gratin, Moussaka, Spaghetti Bolognese, ... All
Peeled and chopped tomatoesPeeled and chopped tomatoes: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Sunday night pasta, Chicken "cantina", Pissaladière with puff pastry, Veal Marengo, Enchiladas, ... All
Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano)Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Spinach and ricotta ravioli, Spaghetti Carbonara, Tomato tatin, Rice à l'italienne, Spaghetti with smoked salmon, ... All
Olive oilOlive oil: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Minestrone, Tomato omelette, Baked salmon fillet, Greek Pesto, Creamy risotto with diced vegetables and flax seeds, ... All
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