Italian Meat Polpette

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Transform leftover boiled meat into a delightful Italian classic with our Italian Meat Polpette. These meatballs, enriched with creamy ricotta and fragrant basil, are perfect for a hearty meal. Simple to make and bursting with flavor, this dish is sure to become a family favorite.

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Italian Meat Polpette

Ingredients (Serves 6):

  • Salt: to taste
  • Basil sprigs: 3
  • Boiled potatoes: 2 medium
  • Vegetable oil: 2 tbsp (30ml)
  • Breadcrumbs: 2 tbsp (15g)
  • Minced garlic: 4 cloves
  • Boiled beef: 500g (18 oz)
  • Ricotta cheese: 150g (5.3 oz)
  • Eggs: 2 large


Prepare the Potatoes: Boil the potatoes in their skins until tender, about 20 minutes. Peel them while hot and mash them into a coarse puree.

Italian Meat Polpette

Prep the Basil and Garlic: Strip the basil leaves from the stems and chop finely. Peel and mince the garlic.

Prepare the Meat Mixture: Finely chop the boiled beef, removing any fat. In a large bowl, combine the chopped meat with the mashed potatoes, eggs, and ricotta. Mix well.

Season the Mixture: Add the minced garlic, chopped basil, salt, and pepper to the meat mixture. Mix thoroughly to ensure even distribution.

Italian Meat Polpette

Form and Cook the Polpette: Shape the mixture into small, round meatballs (polpette). Roll each polpette in breadcrumbs. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Fry the polpette in the hot oil for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through.

Italian Meat Polpette

Nutrition (Per Serving):

Calories: 378.09 kcal
Protein: 27.67g
Fat: 24.92g
Carbohydrates: 10.75g

Italian Meat Polpette

Pro Tip:

Serve these Italian meat polpette with a side of marinara sauce or a fresh green salad for a complete and satisfying meal. They are also perfect for appetizers at your next gathering.

Italian Meat Polpette

Enjoy the rich, comforting flavors of these Italian meat polpette, and bring a taste of Italy to your kitchen!

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