Pallotte cace e ova (fried Pecorino Romano balls) w/ Montelpulciano D' Abruzzo

Pallotte cace e ova (fried Pecorino Romano balls) w/ Montepulciano D' Abruzzo

~A regional favorite from Abruzzi~

Italian Food (Cibo Italiano)


¾ pound of Italian bread (sans crust) finely grated

2 sprigs Italian parsley (chopped)

1 clove garlic (chopped)

5 eggs

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

10 ounces Pecorino Romano cheese (freshly grated)

Sea salt (to taste)

Fresh black pepper (to taste)

2 cups homemade tomato sauce (if you choose, we actually prefer them without sauce)

Medium mixing bowl

Large dutch oven

In a medium size bowl combine finely grated Italian bread, Pecorino Romano cheese, eggs, and a few teaspoons of olive oil; then add chopped garlic, fresh Italian parsley, and a pinch of salt and pepper, incorporate thoroughly. In a large dutch oven heat remaining olive oil to medium high (do not let the oil smoke (you know it’s ready when a droplet of water sizzles away quickly). While the oil is heating form mixture into round balls (about 3inches in diameter). When oil is hot, fry balls equally on all sides (about 2 minutes in four rotations) only add a few at a time so the oil remains hot, then place on paper towel for about 2 minutes then serve (add a large spoonful of sauce if you please) with Montepulciano d Abruzzo. 

Italian Wine (Vino Italiano)

Spelt, Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo, by Fattoria La Valentina, 1999. Abruzzo, Italy

Italian dry red wine

Deep red in color with hints of black cherry, oak, deep forest and herbs; has soft tannins, a young wine with easy tannins, austere by nature.

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