Everyone has his/her signature dish… and this is definitely my mother’s. She is a very good cook and I have learnt a lot from her. I have always liked watching her preparing food in our kitchen back in Italy and I would help her any time I had the time. She can prepare all sorts of dishes, even fancy ones, but this “polpettone” (which is sort of a stuffed meatloaf) is a pretty easy recipe and it is the dish that I like the most. Whenever I go back to Milan or she visits me, this is one dish that I always have her prepare! I can never get enough! I have tried to replicate her “polpettone” many times, and I think I got quite close to the original with the following recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Ingredients for 4 persons:
For the polpettone:
500 gms beef mince
3/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, thinly grated
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg (keep a little egg white for crumbing)
1 pinch grated nutmeg
1 onion, halved
2 bay leaves
1/2 tbsp rosemary leaves
1/2 glass white wine
1/3 glass water
1/2 beef or chicken stock cube
Put the mince, Parmigiano Reggiano, breadcrumbs, grated nutmeg, chopped parsley, salt and pepper in a bowl. Break the egg and keep a little bit of the white aside. Add the yolk and the remaining white to the mince and mix all the ingredients very well using your hands.
Take a sheet of baking paper, put the mince mix on it and flatten it well with your hands until you get a 3 mm thick rectangular sheet.
Then slightly beat the remaining egg white in a plate and coat the polpettone with it. Then put it in a plate full of breadcrumbs and coat well on all sides.
Put some vegetable oil in a frying pan and let it heat. When hot, put in the polpettone and fry it on all sides. In the meantime, prepare a low casserole dish with 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, 2 bay leaves, 1/2 tbsp rosemary leaves and 1 onion peeled and cut in half.
Let it heat on a low flame and after 2 minutes add the fried polpettone. Pour half a glass of white wine and after the alcohol has burnt off add the water and stock cube.
Cover and let it cook on a slow fire until the onion is very tender. Add some more water if required during cooking. When cooked, let it cool down and then cut it in thick slices (around 1 cm). Serve warm.
On another note… my new friend Lyn from My Lil Messy & Cheeky showered Manu’s Menu with more awards! Yeah! What a great way to start the weekend!!! She has an amazing blog and if you don’t know her yet, please check her site out and you will not be disappointed!!! Thank you soooo much Lyn from My Lil Messy & Cheeky!
Today I also got another award from Katherine of Katherine Martinelli a fantastic food and travel writer and photographer. Thank you Katherine! She has an amazing site, and you should absolutely check it out, she has some mouth watering recipes and amazing pictures in there! I feel so honored to be be given an award by such a talented writer and photographer!!!
Thank you so much Katherine of Katherine Martinelli!!! <3
And as per tradition here are 7 things about myself you still don’t know:
- I am an only child. I have never minded this while growing up as I have had very good friends around me, so I have never missed a sibling. I was actually relieved I didn’t have to share anything with anyone and I was happy to have my parents’ undivided attention. Now that I am a “grown up” though I realise that I am actually missing something… and I so much wish I had a brother or sister to share my happiness and sadness with!
- I am not 100% satisfied with my food presentation and photography skills! I know I would need to sit down and read my camera’s manual, but I never seem to have enough time (or enough “quiet time”) with 2 little ones running around. I am also considering getting a new lens to make my life a bit easier… hopefully that will help. Suggestions anyone??
- I have realised that the food blogging world can at times be a bit “selective” and that some people tend to feel a bit superior to others, but I don’t let that bother me. I am enjoying what I am doing… and I think there’s room for everyone to express their talent. I also know I have a lot to improve… but I am working on it and I will until I have fun doing it. I also found some amazing friends along the way (you know who you are!!!), and that’s enough to make me smile!
- I wish I had more time (many of you know what I mean right?) to be in my kitchen, experiment, set the background for my pictures, take the pictures… But I don’t! Maybe when both my little ones go to school I’ll have some extra time to do things in a more “relaxed” way.
- The thing I like the most about people is when they smile at you for no apparent reason… just out of kindness. The thing I hate the most about people is when they talk behind your back… I find that so irritating!
- I believe that everyone should be given an opportunity in life (and even a second chance).
- My “to go to” dish is definitely pasta… It is the fastest thing I can cook in an incredible variatey of sauces and it never gets boring! I guess I am just Italian like that!
So… time to pass on this bunch of awards to…
Daksha from Daksha’s Vegetarian Recipes World
Giulia from Alter Kitchen
Jill from Mad About Macarons
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!!
Nami from Just One Cookbook
Paola from An Italian Cooking in the Midwest
Sandra from Sandra’s Easy Cooking
Tiffany from Como Water
Tina from Pinay Cooking Corner
Visda from Eat, Drink and Just Be!
Hope you have fun browsing all the above amaizing sites. I always check them out and each post is mouthwatering!!!