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Meatballs with lemon and parsley

Children's favourite second course of meat

by Ada Parisi
5 min read
Polpettine al limone e prezzemolo o polpette picate

Meatballs with lemon and parsley, a simple recipe for a main meat Which for me represents a childhood memory. A rMeatball ice also suitable for children. In Sicily we call “Piata meatballs“: I love meatballs. And despite the fact that I'm not a big fan of meat, I find that there is something magical about a Well done meatball, soft enough, Golden outside, flavorful.

The meatballs they're just as good Fries, but they become sublime if cooked in the TOMATO SAUCE Like Grandma used to do. Or, as in this case, in a Sauce with butter, lemon and parsley which has a slight, pleasant acidity. In short, When I was little, Meatballs with lemon and parsley They were one of my favorite dishes, and I still am. In Sicily are widespread, Perhaps because of the abundance of lemons, and every family has its own recipe.

Piata meatballs are super easy to make, attention not to cook them too because they are good soft & juicy and not dry because overcooked. Obviously, on the amount of lemon juice You have to follow your taste: I like that the sauce of the Piata meatballs is quite acidic, also because it balances the flavor chlorophyll parsley butter and fat, but adjust as you like. Try, I am sure that the meatballs with lemon and parsley Your children will also love them. And have a look at all my RECIPES OF MEATBALLS and all my SICILIAN RECIPES and you'll definitely find some gluttony that may interest you. Have a good day!

Polpettine al limone e prezzemolo o polpette picate


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


400 grams of ground beef or, If you prefer, veal

salt and pepper

100 grams of breadcrumbs soaked in a little milk

1 large whole egg

one grated shallot

grated rind of one lemon organic

100 grams of shredded PDO parmigiano reggiano

chopped parsley

flour, just enough to lightly coat the meatballs

the juice of two lemons small or one large

100 ml of white wine

little hot vegetable stock

50 grams of butter

ground black pepper



To prepare meatballs with lemon and parsley, put in a large bowl the ground beef, the breadcrumbs soaked in milk and well squeezed, the whole egg lightly beaten, parmigiano Reggiano, lemon zest, grated shallot and chopped parsley, then salt and pepper. Knead until the mixture won't be amalgamated and adjust, possibly, of salt.

You can let the lemon meatball dough rest in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap in contact, for 30 minutes, to form the meatballs easier. With hands just moisten form round dumplings, possibly all the same size. Then quickly jump the Meatballs in flour.

Put the butter in a pan, melt and add the meatballs. FRY, over medium heat, and each side so that they become golden brown, then add wine and let it evaporate the alcohol part. Add a little hot broth and cook the covered meatballs for about 15 minutes. Taste the sauce to see if you need a pinch of salt. If the sauce is too thick and not yet cooked meatballs, add some broth.

When the meatballs are cooked with lemon and parsley (should remain rosy inside, But if you prefer you can cook them longer), squeeze you over lemon juice. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and, When the sauce will be the right density, dense but full-bodied enough to veil the meatballs, sprinkle with a little finely chopped parsley. Serve immediately, accompanying the meatballs with lemon and parsley with plenty of homemade bread. Bon appétit!

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Joseph 7 January 2020 - 04:19

Charming! the scallopine “piccata” is a mule of the Italian-American cuisine that I have never seen in Italy. But with meatballs it is really a plus. They made yesterday for Sunday lunch were amazing!! Thanks Ada!

Ada Parisi 7 January 2020 - 11:55

Hello Joseph! They are a family recipe, She made her grandmother and has been handed down to us. For us the flesh 'picata', cooked with lemon juice and parsley, is a Sicilian recipe always. Whether in the form of slices, especially beef pork and chicken, both of meatballs. A warm greeting! ADA

Female January 24, 2017 - 12:52

I follow you on fb with my member profile,and already I love you, I'm not a good cook , but your recipes help me and I like them so much now I enrolled with the address of my personal blog, I run on WordPress… and I'd like to share some of them your recipe … I can??? Thanks in advance and congratulations

Ada Parisi January 24, 2017 - 13:11

Hi Donna, Welcome! I'm glad you like my recipes! Of course if you want to recreate them you are free, God forbid, and if you want to put the link to the original recipe I'll be grateful. Ultimately the purpose of a blog is that others rifaccino (and gustino) the recipes! I'd like to see remade from you. See you soon, ADA

Antonella January 24, 2017 - 12:01

Hi Ada!
It's true! The meatballs have something special, and these look really delicious! You've given me the urge to try them! 😎
I embrace you! Antonella

Ada Parisi January 24, 2017 - 12:43

Hello Antonella! Try them, When I was little was one of the dishes that my mother prepared often! Sweet and sour ones are coming next week, I hope you like! Kisses, ADA


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