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    Meatballs With Raisins

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    Phil Franco's Note:

    ----- Purpette a la Passula ----- Raisins in meatballs originated in Southern Italy, probably in either Sicily or Calabria. In Sicily, and (I expect) Calabria the use of raisins and pine nuts came from contact with Arabs, who use them extensively (remember that Sicily was an Arab Province for a time). Though the Arabs never dominated further north you do find raisins in savory recipes in old cookbooks. For example, raisins and pine nuts are included in a Roman sauteed spinach. Now you get garlic and salt, and perhaps a little red pepper. Though this might sound somewhat unlikely, it is quite traditional. The recipe is Calabrian.

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    1. 1
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      Soak bread in milk then drain it well.
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      Soak the raisins in warm water for a half hour to revive them. Grind the meat and combine it with the bread, eggs, cheese, and parsley, seasoning to taste with salt. Make your meatballs, including a couple of raisins in the heart of each one. Sauté the meatballs in the olive oil, turning them so they brown on all sides, and when they're done stir in a cup or so of tomato sauce and heat through. Serve accompanied by broccoli rabe, and a moderately tannic red wine.

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    • on February 20, 2012


      Right now I am giving it 5 stars without even making it! I know I will like it because it is what my Grandma used to make and we couldn't remember all the ingredients and after she passed, we couldn't find her recipe. After reading this, it all came back to me! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! NOTE: People thought I was insane when I told them my grandma's recipe called for raisins. She was Sicilian!

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    • on April 09, 2007


      Fabulous hearty meatballs!

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    • on September 02, 2006


      Wow, cooked this for a total of 27 people Thursday Evening at an organization that I belong to. I cook one meal a month for them. This was awesome. Made it precisely according to recipe and it was simply devine. Im not sure that a few red pepper flakes would not also suffice in enhancing the taste. But this was perfect just the way it was written. After browing, I put them into the Hot Tomato Sauce, Hot Tomato Sauce. thanks Tasty and very refreshing. Chef Angela Marie

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    Nutritional Facts for Meatballs With Raisins

    Serving Size: 1 (259 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 479.1
    Calories from Fat 291
    Total Fat 32.3 g
    Saturated Fat 9.8 g
    Cholesterol 192.2 mg
    Sodium 473.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 17.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
    Sugars 13.4 g
    Protein 31.6 g

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    Italian bread

    pecorino romano cheese

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