Sicilian Style Meatballs (baked)

Sicilian Style Meatballs. 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. Pecorino meatballs are done really just cheese and little else: they are obviously very, very tasty and one leads to another. in the version that I present are baked in the oven, But if you want to break the inertia and fry the meatballs there and I would be grateful. I have to admit, though, that baking doesn't penalize: the result is maybe a little’ less fluffy than fries, but they will still crispy outside and soft enough inside. Spicy tomato sauce is a perfect match: served hot and toss these meatballs in tomato sauce before eating them, you will see that – once more – the simplicity is charged. Serve as delicious finger food snacks, or as a main dish with a salad. Good day from Sicily, because I'm finally at home for a few days!

MEATBALLS OF CHEESE TO SICILY, Baked (Sicilian recipe)

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  • 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, just enough
  • a clove of garlic
  • 2 small eggs
  • salt and pepper, just enough
  • thyme and/or fresh basil, just enough
  • extra virgin olive oil, just enough
  • bread crumbs for Breading the patties, just enough
  • for the sauce
  • 300 ml of tomato sauce
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt: just enough
  • Chili: just enough
  • a clove of garlic


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

Wash the herbs and garlic and chop them finely. Place in a Bowl a little’ of milk and bread, 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. Saute over low heat until the garlic will not be golden, 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!

THE PAIRING: Sicilian recipe, wine South Tyrol. 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 at 11:43

ciao 🙂
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 at 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 at 00:03

Hello 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 at 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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