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Sicilian Style Meatballs (baked)

Easy and recycling recipe

by Ada Parisi
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Polpette di pecorino alla siciliana (al forno)

Sicilian pecorino meatballs baked, good but light. Or at least not too heavy The culinary ingenuity of Sicilian peasants always amazes me. Today I'll explain how to make a dish with practically anything: some’ old bread, grated cheese, an egg, a handful of herbs. In practice, A recycling recipe. The Sicilian pecorino meatballs is really prepared with very few ingredients: they're just made of pecorino cheese and little else. I'm obviously very, very tasty and one leads to another. In the version I present to you are baked, But if you want to break the inertia and fry the meatballs there and I would be grateful.

Many recipes of vegetarian meatballs

Meatballs made with bread and cheese, vegetarian, are widespread in all Italian regions. In Sicily there are also the RICOTTA MEATBALLS cooked in tomato sauce. In Abruzzo the delicious CACIO AND OVA PALLOTTE. Always in a vegetarian key, you can try SICILIAN EGGPLANT MEATBALLS, also in the version WITH TOMATO SAUCE. Or those of Zucchini, baked. Or even the delicious SICILIAN CAULIFLOWER MEATBALLS .

Tips for perfect pecorino meatballs

Obviously, I suggest you use a DOP pecorino cheese or a Sicilian canestrato, or better yet a combination of both, for a more balanced and unbalanced taste. I do not recommend pecorino romano because the meatballs would be too savory.

I have to admit, though, that baking doesn't penalize: the result is maybe a little’ less soft than fried pecorino meatballs, but they will still crispy outside and soft enough inside. The spicy tomato sauce in which to dip the meatballs is a perfect match: serve hot pecorino meatballs, freshly baked and dive into the tomato before eating them.

And you will see that – once more – the simplicity is charged. Serve the meatballs to the Sicilian pecorino as delicious finger food for a drink with friends, a buffet or appetizer. Or as a second plate with a FENNEL SALAD AND ORANGES, always strictly made in Sicily, that with its freshness sgrasserà mouth from fat cheese. Of course, the shoe in the spicy tomato sauce is a must. Remember to have a look at all my RECIPES OF MEATBALLS and my SICILIAN RECIPES sweet and savory. Good day from Sicily, because I'm finally at home for a few days!

Polpette di pecorino alla siciliana (al forno)

MEATBALLS OF CHEESE TO SICILY, Baked (Sicilian recipe)

Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


250 grams of grated pecorino siciliano PDO (or any grated pecorino cheese not too crisp nor too seasoned)

150 grams of stale bread (only Malan)

milk to moisten the bread, to taste

a clove of garlic

2 small eggs

salt and pepper

thyme and/or fresh basil

extra virgin olive oil

bread crumbs for Breading the patties


300 ml of tomato sauce

extra virgin olive oil



a clove of garlic


Before starting to prepare the Style Meatballs, Preheat oven to 200 degrees static.

Wash the herbs and garlic and finely chop them. Put a little milk and bread in a bowl, and let it soak until softened, then wring it out and put it in a large bowl. Add the grated pecorino cheese, the eggs, garlic, salt and pepper (sample because the cheese itself is very tasty) and work with the fingertips until dough is smooth. You don't have to work it too hard otherwise the meatballs will be.

With hands slightly wet, form balls the size you prefer: I'm as big as a ping-pong ball. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then brush with extra virgin olive oil. Pass the Meatballs in a thin layer of breadcrumbs and arrange them on the baking sheet. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and bake for 30 minutes (turning them over halfway through cooking) or until the meatballs are not uniformly golden brown. In the last 5 minutes of cooking passed to the function the convection oven.

If you prefer, You can follow the procedure that I have outlined and eventually fry the pecorino cheese in peanut oil instead of cooking them in the oven.

For the sauce, put the oil in a pan, garlic and chilli. Brown over low heat until the garlic is browned, then add the tomato sauce. Season with salt and cook until the sauce won't be well reduced.

Serve meatballs hot strictly, serve with tomato sauce. Bon appétit!


MATCHING: Sicilian recipe, South Tyrolean wine. In particular, that cultivated on the shores of Lake Caldaro from Kellerei Kaltern. The wine is red, It is called "Pfarrhof" and is made from a blend of grape varieties (Slave to the 95% and 5% Lagrein for). Its freshness of taste makes it can be easily matched with simple dishes like this. Its scents range from raspberry cherry. The flavor is delicate and balanced, Thanks to a plot of tannins which makes the tasting. Serve chilled, around 12-15° c.

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Alexander July 1, 2016 - 11:43

Hi :)
I love her recipes……delicious!!
a question …can I use pecorino romano?
where I live in England I can't find pecorino siciliano.
Thanks :)

Ada Parisi July 1, 2016 - 14:59

Hello Alexander, of course give me you! Thank you for your lovely words! Of course you can use pecorino romano but remember it is very salty and then taste before adjusting the salt and keep the bread a little’ more humid and wet with milk so meatballs will not be too dry. Let me know. ADA

Alexander July 7, 2016 - 00:03

Hi Ada :)
Thanks for your response, Sara’ my pleasure to let you know how it is.
thanks and see you soon :)

Ada Parisi July 7, 2016 - 09:59

Thanks Alessandro. And remember that the meatballs are also a matter of ' eye ': the dough should be soft, not hard. So in addition to use the ' touch ' doses. Let me know. ADA


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