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Sicilian Recipes

Polpette di sarde

Polpette di sarde

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The sardinian meatballs in tomato sauce are a typical dish of Palermo, which you can taste food normally even in the old taverns of the city.

Main ingredient are sardines, bluefish, which is often the protagonist of the Sicilian recipes that are prepared in various ways.
This dish is an example: easy to prepare and very tasty!

Ingredients (for 4 people)

  • 750 gr sardines gutted and scaled
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 g parmesan cheese
  • 100 gr pecorino cheese
  • mint
  • pine nuts and use passes
  • 700 g tomato sauce
  • 1 onion


Coarsely chop the fillets of sardines and put them together in a bowl with Parmesan cheese, Pecorino cheese, eggs, pine nuts, raisins, chopped mint leaves to the mixture and form into balls.
Meanwhile in a pan, fry the finely sliced onion and when golden add the meatballs and fry in order to form a light crust dark.
Add to the tomato sauce and cook for about 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Add a little of chopped mint ot the end

This recipe is also very good for frying stopping, avoiding cooking in the sauce.

Formerly the pine nuts were used mainly for their antibacterial function.



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