Fried Stuffed Castelvetrano Olives

  • Serves

    serves 4-6

  • Cook

    35 minutes


Olives are stuffed with a simple beef and pork filling and fried for a more substantial snack in this recipe from Abruzzo winemaker Emidio Pepe's wife, Rosa. Featured in: The Road to Abruzzo

Find this recipe in our cookbook, SAVEUR: Italian Comfort Food


  • 12 oz. (about 40) Castelvetrano olives (
  • 3 oz. ground beef
  • 2 oz. ground pork
  • 2 tbsp. grated parmesan
  • 14 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 lemon, zest finely grated
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Canola Oil, for frying
  • 2 tbsp. whole milk
  • 1 12 cups bread crumbs
  • 12 cup flour


Step 1

Pit olives by lightly crushing them individually with the flat side of a chef's knife; discard pits, leaving olives as intact as possible. Mix beef, pork, parmesan, nutmeg, yolk, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Divide mixture into forty 1⁄2 tsp. balls. Stuff 1 ball of meat mixture into each olive; press olive around filling to seal.

Step 2

Heat 2″ oil in a 4-qt. saucepan until a deep-fry thermometer reads 375°. Whisk whole egg and milk in a bowl. Place bread crumbs and flour in separate bowls. Working in batches, roll olives in flour, dip in egg mixture, and coat in bread crumbs; fry until crisp and filling is cooked through, 3–4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer olives to paper towels; season with salt.

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