Deep-fried meatballs: a real treat for adults and children

Total time: 35 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
By Cookist
Green olives (already pitted)
Partly skimmed milk
half a glass
Sea salt
Peanut oil (to fry)
Homemade bread
1 slice
Minced beef meat
Flour type 00 (For the breading)
as much as it is needed
Sea salt
Mayonnaise (Accompanying sauces)
Barbecue sauce

Deep-fried meatballs are a popular and easy to prepare second course, made with eggs, breadcrumbs, flour and minced meat. When they asked me to create a recipe that would please even those children who suffer of lack of appetite, the first thing I thought was: and what do I know about this kind of children? But then, I remembered. I remembered when my mother had to chase me all over the house to make me have lunch and dinner and that all this lasted for twelve years. I know a lot of children who don’t like to eat, because I was one of them, and the only thing that made me sit on the table, fork in hand, with a thirty-two teeth smile, were the breaded meats. Just like meatballs. Then, here to you a dish tested on children who suffer of lack of appetite, because I tested it myself many years ago: deep-fried meatballs. It is simple minced meat mixed with bread, milk, olives, and then shaped like a small walnut and then passed into the ingredients trio that I use for each breading: flour, egg and breadcrumbs. The deep-fried meatballs are served hot and they will appeal to adults and children, also because they are excellent if accompanied with sauces such as mayonnaise, ketchup and – for the adult ones – the barbecue sauce. As for the choice of the meat there are no limitations, you can choose between chicken, beef and pork, or mix the three types, the taste will not be affected, indeed!


There is not a unique recipe to prepare deep-fried meatballs, there can be many ingredients according to personal taste. I propose you a base of minced beef meat to which add chopped green olives, eggs and bread soaked in milk. If you want you can also add capers, sautéed mushrooms and grated Parmesan cheese.

First, to prepare the deep-fried meatballs remove the crust from the slice of bread, cut into small cubes and soak them in milk.

Chop up the pitted green olives.

In a bowl, put all the ingredients of the meatballs: minced meat, olives, the two eggs, the bread slightly dried from the milk. Add salt and amalgamate everything. If the mixture is too soft, add a bit of breadcrumbs.

Make some small meatballs the size of a walnut.

At this point, prepare the breading. You will need three bowls where to put the ingredients: the flour, a beaten and slightly salted egg and breadcrumbs. Pass the meatballs first in the flour, then in the beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumbs.

When you have prepared them all, heat the peanut oil in a frying pan, bring it to a temperature of about 180 degrees and fry a few meatballs at a time for about 5 minutes.

Drain on a plate covered with absorbent paper. Still warm, you can place them in a straw paper bag, accompany them with the sauces mentioned above and serve them immediately.

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