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Polpettone by aunt Lidia – another family classic! (-13 weeks)

Recipe 31: Sunday i wanted to cook some comfort food as you say here. I wanted something that could smell “sunday with my family” and to change i decided for some meet and potatoes, that i don’t cook often really. So finally i choose to make my aunt’s famous Polpettone and i loved it!

Ingredients for 4-5 people: 500gr mince meat, 3eggs, some Parmesan, some cooked ham slices, one little bread loaf, some milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg and 2 vegetable stocks.

In a big bowl mix an egg with the Parmesan, salt , pepper and nutmeg. In another container place some milk and the bread in little pieces. Let them absorb the milk and when soft, drain them from the milk in excess and place it in the big bawl with the mince meat to. Mix it all well until homogeneous.

Then stretch the meat and make it in a rectangular thin surface. Now add the slices of ham and the other 2 boiled egg as in the picture, roll the meat and close it well. At this point prepare a plate with some breadcrumbs and pass the meat in the plate trying to cover it all with it.

Now pass the meat on a pan or in a sauce pan with some oil for some minute. The fire don’t have to be high and you will need to turn the meat often until it take a very nice color. Waiting for the meat to cook a bit, prepare some broth, putting the stock and some hot water in another little pan.

At this point the meat will be ready for the oven. It will need around 1 hour and half to cook at 180 degree and you will need to check it and turn it sometimes adding some broth stock every time… but the result worth the long time spend near the oven.

My aunt suggest then to let it cool down and put it then in the fridge in aluminum paper and cut it and serve it the day after! Maybe is one of these recipe that need time to get better, Put the sauce created with the broth in another container and conserve it in the fridge for the time you will eat the meat.

Then just cut it, hot it up and serve with the sauce pre-hotted for a bit. Buon appetito!

PS.Mamma il polpettone della domenica e’ proprio un classico e me lo sono gustato un sacco. E’ venuta anche a cena una mia amica australiana che ha molto apprezzato! Certo un po’ lunghetto ma piu’ facile di cio’ che pensassi! E meno male che ho la ricetta di Zia Lidia!

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Zucchine ripiene – Stuffed courgettes

Recipe 86: Today i had a little treat. It’s a long time i wanted to cook this dish and finally i had in the fridge all the necessary…so here are the stuffed courgettes. Of course after Easter i needed to go for something light and this mix of meat and vegetable it’s just the right and balanced thing to cook.

Ingredients: you will need 2 big courgettes, 250 gr mince meat, 1 egg, 20/30 gr of Parmesan, 20 gr bread crumbs, nutmeg, parsley, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Wash the courgette and cut the beginning and the end. Put them in some boiling water for 5 minutes and then drain them.

Cut them in half and take off the center from all of them. Put this in a side and cut it in little pieces.

Place in a bowl the mince meat with the pieces of courgettes you just cut, add the Parmesan, some bread crumbs, the egg, salt, pepper, the chopped parsley and some nutmeg. If you like it, you can also add some soft bread soaked in milk or some Pecorino to give more taste.

Mix it all and then start to refill the courgettes one by one. In the meantime, prepare a baking pan putting some baking paper or aluminium foil. Here you will need to pour 3 spoons of olive oil and a bit of water.

Now you can place the courgettes in the pan and add the latest touch: some other bread crumbs and Parmesan on the top.

Put them in the oven at 200 degree for half an hour and the dish is ready!

If you prefer them with some tomatoes sauce, you can fry in a pan some onion with oil and when it’s ready you will add some tomatoes sauce and the stuffed courgettes. When the sauce will start to boil, put down the fire and cover the pan until everything is cooked.  Enjoy!

PS. Mamy siccome dopo Pasqua bisogna stare un po’ attenti, questa settimana ho abolito la pasta e mi dedico solo a delle belle insalate e a piatti di carne e verdure, percio’ mi sono venute in mente le tue zucchine ripiene che buone! Questa volta le ho fatte in bianco, ma puo’ anche essere che domani mi ripasso le restanti con il sugo come le facevi tu.