Cooking with Mamma: Cheese & Egg Balls

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The Pallotte cac’ e ‘ove are a gastronomic specialty of southern Abruzzo. They come from the farming tradition where few and simple ingredients made delicious main dishes. Typical at Christmas dinner, the “pallotte cac’ e ‘ove” were born from the need to create delicious and nutritional main dishes despite the scarcity of available meat for the part of the population that was less well-off.

Preparation time: 20’ Cooking time: 20’ Portions: 4


  • 100 g of breadcrumbs
  • 210 g of grated cheese (140 g Parmesan or Grana Padano and 70 g Pecorino from Abruzzo or Pecorino Romano)
  • 3 eggs

1. Put the necessary ingredients in a bowl and blend the whole

2. Once the mixture, add eggs, enough to make it thick spongy.

3. Mix well together and form balls.

4. Fry balls in hot vegetable oil until golden if you like. Alternatively put the balls in the fridge for at least 25 minutes and after put them gently in the sauce.


  • 1 onion
  • 1 pepper
  • 500 g of cherry tomatoes or chopped tomatoes
  • salt
  • basil
  • extra virgin olive oil

1. Sauté the onion with the pepper and add salt.

2. Add the tomatoes and the basil.

3. As soon as the sauce starts boiling, pour a pair of glasses of water and wait for the sauce to boil again.

4. At this point, add the balls already prepared.

5. Cook for about 20 minutes until they swell.

Buon Appetito!

by Mamma Anna Maria and her friends!

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