Romanian Meatballs / Chiftele

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Preparation Time:  30 minutes
Cooking Time:  15 minutes
Course: breakfast


Other Info

servings: 2-4

Ingredients

U.S.

Ingredients

European

2

Carrots (medium)

2

1

Potato (large)

1

2 – 3

Eggs

2 – 3

1 lb

Ground beef

½ kg

1 tsp

Parsley

1 tsp

As needed

Flour

As needed

¼ tsp

Salt

¼ tsp

¼ tsp

Pepper

¼ tsp

As needed

Oil

As needed


Directions

1.  Wash, peel, and grate the carrots and potatoes as fine as possible. Squeeze between a few layers of paper towel to draw off excess water. Set aside.

2.  In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the ground beef, potato, carrot, parsley, 2 Tbs flour, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.

3.  Form the mixture into equal sized balls, about the size of a heaping tablespoon. Make them as compact as possible, squeezing out excess water.

4.  In a pan, add the oil and heat over a medium-high flame.

5.  Pour a bit of flour into a bowl, and roll the Chiftele in flour. Fry them in the oil, turning occasionally until brown and cooked all the way through.

6.  When done, place on a plate with a layer of paper towel to drain off excess oil.                                        

 

Notes: Chiftele are traditional Romanian meatballs, usually served with tomato sauce, mustard, sour cream, or other dips. They also work well as an appetizer together with cheese, tomato slices, peppers, and/or cabbage. Stick them in a sandwich with slices of cheese and mustard if you happen to have any left over the next day! Ground beef can be hard to find in Romania – but if you just ask, most butcher shops (and some supermarkets) will grind beef to order.

 

Variations: Try adding ½ c cheese and a hot pepper for a spicier version.

 

Substitutions: Ground beef/Ground meat (tocăniţă).

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