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Chiftele / Fried Meatballs

Ieri stateam de vorba cu una din vecinele mele dragi si ii povesteam ca vreau sa gatesc chiftele. Din vorba-n-vorba, ca femeile, am ajuns la concluzia ca iti trebuie ceva special sa poti sa le faci asa cum trebuie. Atat eu cat si ea am recunoscut senin ca o mancare asa de simpla poate deveni usor un dezastru daca nu stii macar un truc sa te ajute sa iti iasa bine. In acest caz asul meu din maneca este mama mea. Am sunat-o azi si am rugat-o sa imi spuna ce face ea de reuseste sa gateasca niste chiftele asa de bune.

Iata sfaturile mamei. Avem nevoie de:

  • 1 kg carne tocata, amestec de vita si porc
  • 1 ou
  • O jumatate de paine veche de 1 zi sau 2
  • O ceapa potrivita
  • O legatura de usturoi verde
  • O legatura de patrunjel
  • Sare si piper

Se pune mai intai painea la inmuiat in apa. Dupa care se taie verdeturile si se pun peste carne, alaturi de ou. Dupa ce s-a inmuaiat painea, o scurgem bine de apa si o punem peste restul de ingrediente.

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Asezonam cu putina sare si piper si amestecam foarte bine pana devine o pasta omogena.

Luam in mana cate o bila de carne si o tavalim prin faina. Dupa ce am repetat procedeul cu toata carnea lasam chiftelele sa se odihneasca macar un sfert de ora pe o parfurie.

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Apoi le punem la prajit in ulei incins bine, dar focul aragazului nu trebuie sa fie foarte puternic.

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De data asta mi-au iesit mult mai bine ca in trecut multumita sfaturilor mamei mele. Se pot servi simple cu o salata sau cu mustar sau cum am facut eu cu o garnitura de piure de cartofi.

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Pofta mare!

 English version:

Yesterday I was talking with one of my dear neighbors and I told her that I want to cook meatballs. Chatting about this and that, as women do, we have concluded that you must have some special skill to cook these meatballs the right way. We then admitted that a simple food can easily become a disaster if you don’t know at least one trick to help you get it right. In this case my ace in the sleeve is my mother. I called today and asked her to tell me what she does to manage cooking the meatballs so good.
Here are my mommy’s tips. We need:

  • 1 kg minced meat mixture of beef and pork
  • 1 egg
  • A half a bread 1 or 2 days old
  • An onion
  • A bunch of green garlic
  • A bunch of parsley
  • Pepper and salt

Place first the bread to soak in water. Then cut the greens and add them over the meat, with the egg. After the bread is well soaked, drain well the water and put it over the rest of the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and mix well until it becomes a smooth paste.
Then take in your hands hand medium size balls of the mixture and roll them in flour. After repeating the process with the meat let them rest at least a quarter of an hour on a plate.
Then put them to fry in hot oil, but be careful to leave the fire not very strong on the cooker.
This time they came out much better than in the past thanks to my mother’s advices.

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You can serve them in a simple way with a salad or just with mustard or as I did with mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

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  1. Pingback: Piure de cartofi / Mashed potatoes | Amintiri din Bucătărie

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