Italian Meat Recipes

ITALIAN LEMON MEATBALLS (POLPETTE AL LIMONE)

These are not the same old meatballs, or at least they’re not the same meatballs that I usually make!
 
First of all, I normally use beef meat and pork sausage (my habit) and secondly, this time I didn’ make them with tomato sauce (another habit of mine).
 
If you use veal meat they’re incredibly delicate and light and go perfectly well with lemon sauce.
 



Serves 4
Ingredients:
400gr (1.75 – 14oz) minced veal
100gr (0.44cup – 3.5oz) mortadella, minced 4tbs grated parmesan cheese 
1 egg 
4tbs bread crumbs
1 pinch of powder ginger 
salt
pepper
2tbs corn starch 
juice of 2 lemons* 
zest of 2 lemons* 
vegetable broth 
extravirgin olive oil
*You can substitute lemons with oranges
 
 
METHOD

Mix together meat, mortadella, parmesan, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and pepper until thoroughly blended.
 
Prepare with the mixture small meatballs, walnut-sized, then flour them with corn starch.
 
Now take a large saucepan and heat some olive oil.
 
Cook the meatballs for five minutes at medium heat, adding a little more oil as necessary.
 
Pour in lemon zest and juice, add some broth (few tablespoons) and keep cook at low heat for 40 minutes.
 
Serve hot.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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