Pallotte Cacio e Ove (Cheese & Egg Balls) were the meatballs of the poor people of Abruzzo. As many ‘Contadini’ (farmers) couldn’t afford to buy and eat meat, they used old cheese, eggs, old bread & tomatoes to make this tasty recipe instead. Let’s see how to make it.

Difficulty

Easy

Preparation

20 min

Cooking

20/25 min

Serves

10 people

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 2 medium organic eggs (about 70 gr each)
  • 200 gr of Pecorino cheese (you can mix any hard cheese you have in the fridge)
  • 150 gr of stale bread without crust
  • Few sprigs of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • A drop of (any) milk
  • 2 tbs of Extra Virgin Olive oil.

For the tomato sauce:

  • 1.5 kg of tin plum tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil

For frying:

1 litre of seed oil (Sunflower or any other)

Tools

  • A bowl
  • Cheese grater
  • A non-stick pan
  • Small deep frying pan

Preparation

Start by preparing the tomatoes sauce.

Add the onion, and cook over medium heat until tender.

Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20/25 minutes.

Abruzzo Recipe: Pallotte Cacio e Ove (Cheese & Egg balls) Experience BellaVita

In a bowl, start mixing the eggs and milk, then tear off and add the bread into small crumbs and leave it to rest for 20 min. Crush the bread with a fork until smooth, then add the cheese, the chopped parsley, the olive oil and mix well.

You should create a mixture that is still very moist but is firm enough to handle. If necessary add some more bread.

Abruzzo Recipe: Pallotte Cacio e Ove (Cheese & Egg balls) Experience BellaVita

Form them into ‘meatballs’ of the same size.

Abruzzo Recipe: Pallotte Cacio e Ove (Cheese & Egg balls) Experience BellaVita

Heat the frying oil to 160 degrees and fry all the meatballs 3/4 at a time until they get gold.

Abruzzo Recipe: Pallotte Cacio e Ove (Cheese & Egg balls) Experience BellaVita

Make sure to drain them from the oil, even with the help of absorbing kitchen paper

Once you fried them all, add them to the tomatoes sauce and stir them for 5/8 minutes: so that the ‘Pallotte’ can absorb the sauce.

Abruzzo Recipe: Pallotte Cacio e Ove (Cheese & Egg balls) Experience BellaVita

This should be the end result, with the tomato sauce slow-cooked.

Abruzzo Recipe: Pallotte Cacio e Ove (Cheese & Egg balls) Experience BellaVita

Inside they should be spongy & not wet.

BUON APPETITO!

 

Mamma’s Top Secrets

  • Use different kinds of cheeses
  • Use organic fresh eggs

Don’t forget

  • Drop the balls carefully in the oil
  • Drain them with some kitchen paper
Marino Cardelli

Marino Cardelli

Food & Wine Enthusiast, 2nd level Qualified Wine Sommelier, Licensed Tour Leader of the Abruzzo Region, Official Abruzzo Smart Ambassador. I try to create environments & opportunities for Abruzzo's small business, young people and our traditions to thrive through sustainable tourism.

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