Lately my mother asked me to help cleaning her freezers (yeah plural, cause she has two of them!). It could sound effortless but, trust me, they are full of everything and it’s kinda titanic trying to clear them up. That meant she started pulling out some huge pieces of frozen meat and I had to cook them. As long as I’m not ‘the master of meat cooking’ I picked an easy thing to do: polpette (the Italian name for meatballs)! I preferred to cook a lighter version, so I opted for a baked recipe. I know, fried polpette are amazing but: 1) I hate frying cause of the stink 2) It’s really not healthy 3) If I have to become fat, I prefer eating a big piece of cake ;)I didn’t want to follow the traditional version slavishly, so I cut off parsley and added some curry. Despite what one could think, these meatballs taste really yummy and are crunchy on the outside even if they aren’t fried. They are really good either hot or at room temperature and, of course, with some tomatoes sauce!
– 4 slices white sandwich bread, torn into small cubes
– 4 tablespoons milk
– 1,3 pound ground beef
– 3 eggs, lightly beaten
– 4 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
– 1 teaspoon curry
– 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (if desired)
– 1/2 cup Bread crumbs
– Salt to taste
– Olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a roasting pan or a baking sheet with parchment. Place the bread and milk into a small bowl, mix together and set aside.
- Place the meatloaf mix into a large bowl and add the egg (previously slightly beaten), Parmesan cheese, curry and garlic powder. Add some salt to taste (be careful though: Parmesan is already salty!). Mix together using your hands or a wooden spoon.
- Squeeze any excess milk from the bread and crumble it into tiny pieces. Add the bread to the meat mixture and mix again. –> If you think the mix looks too wet add some bread crumbs, till you reach a good consistency and can easily form a ball.
- Take the right amount of meat to form a golf ball and roll your meatballs. Place them on the greased pan and sprinkle with bread crumbs; add a drizzle of olive oil on each one and bake for 20 minutes, until meatballs are browned and cooked through.