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PostSubject: Meatballs   October 7th 2011, 7:14 pm

Meatballs
Serves 8
Where did the first meatball come from, no one knows exactly. However there are
meatball recipes dating back to the Romans, as found in an ancient recipe book "De re
coquinaria libri decem (Cuisine in Ten Books)" written by Marcus Gavius Apicus, who

Ingredients:
• 1kg (2lb) pound ground (minced) beef
was born in 25 AD. The second book in the set is about mixtures of meat and other
ingredients, one recipe is for meatballs. Apicius' also rates meats used for meatballs:
"The ground meat patties of peacock have first place, if they are fried so that they
remain tender. Well I’m not planning a peacock book just yet, however feel free to
changed the ingredients as you wish, the measures are just there as a guide.

• 1 cup of dry bread crumbs
• Half a cup of milk
• 2 level teaspoons of dried parsley flakes
• 2 finely chopped onions
• 2 eggs
• Salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix all ingredients until well blended
2. Shape into 1 ½ inch meatballs
3. Bake uncovered in 400 degree oven until light brown (20 -25 minutes)
4. To pan fry cook over medium heat in a little olive oil, turning occasionally until
brown (20 minutes)
5. Serve as an aperitif with a dip of choice or as a main course

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