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polpettine di maiale


tiny pork meatballs, a staple of our family

tiny pork meatballs, a staple of our family

PORK MEATBALLS. This is our family’s recipe beloved by old and young.  For parties, I make them small like a walnut and fry them in olive oil , they make great finger food. In any case, Italians tend to eat quite small meatballs, shaped in 2 inches wide by 1 inch thick disks. I use finely minced pork neck  which has just enough fat for flavor and texture.


  • 300 gr. minced pork
  • 2 tabsp parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tabsp bread crumbs
  • 2 tabsp freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tabsp milk
  • 1  garlic clove minced through a garlic press
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Using wet hands, form mixture into small balls (1 inch diam).  Shallow fry or transfer on a baking dish lined with parchement paper and bake at 180 °C  (350° F) until golden. They are good like this in their garlicky crunchiness but you can simmer them 10 min in tomato sauce if you wish. Sprinkle with fresh basil leaves before serving.

Serves 2-3

crunchy yummy meatballs

crunchy yummy and so very Italian

Author: madonnadelpiatto

Former scientist, I now run B&B and cooking school Alla Madonna del Piatto in Assisi, Umbria, central Italy, together with my husband Ruurd, daughter Tea and truffle dog Google. We love good food and wine, travel, beautiful handicrafts like textiles and pottery. We feel fortunate to be able to share our magical mountain with many friends from all over the world.

2 thoughts on “polpettine di maiale

  1. These look delicious – I’m definitely going to try them!


  2. Pingback: sartù alla napoletana « madonna del piatto

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