Polpette (Meat Croquettes)

  • Serves

    makes 30


Made with ground veal and potatoes, these are a classic Venetian cicheti. This recipe first appeared in our March 2012 issue, with Dana Bowen's story Good and Plenty.


  • 12 cup milk
  • 2 slices white sandwich bread
  • 1 12 lb. ground veal or pork
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 23 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 12 cup flour
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs


Step 1

Pour milk over bread in a bowl; let soak for 10 minutes. Squeeze bread to drain milk; discard milk. Place bread in a bowl and mix with veal, potatoes, parsley, 4 eggs, garlic, and salt and pepper. Shape mixture into about thirty 1″ balls; place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and chill. Pour oil to a depth of 2″ in a 6-qt. Dutch oven; heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°. Place flour, remaining eggs, lightly beaten, and bread crumbs in three separate bowls. Working in batches, dredge each meatball in flour, coat in eggs, and coat in bread crumbs; fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

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