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No. 87. Polpettine Distese (veal Olives) Recipe

Recipe: Polpettine Distese (Veal Olives)

History of the Recipe:
Polpettine Distese, also known as Veal Olives, is a traditional Italian dish that has been enjoyed for generations. The recipe originated in the region of Lombardy, which is located in northern Italy. Lombardy is known for its rich culinary traditions, and this dish is a testament to the region's commitment to creating flavorful and wholesome meals.

Fun Facts:
1. The name "Polpettine Distese" translates to "spread veal meatballs" in English. The term "distese" refers to the thinly sliced veal that is spread out before rolling them into olives.
2. This dish is often associated with traditional Italian family gatherings and special occasions. It has been passed down through generations, making it a cherished recipe for many families.
3. Veal olives are typically served as a main course, accompanied by side dishes such as roasted vegetables or risotto. Its enticing aroma and delicious flavors are sure to impress your guests.

Ingredients:
- 500g veal steak, sliced thinly
- 100g butter
- 50g bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 50g pistachio nuts, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon spice blend (such as Italian seasoning or your preferred mixture)
- 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
- Salt, to taste
- 1 tablespoon flour

Instructions:
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease a shallow baking dish with butter.
2. Lay the veal slices out on a cutting board or work surface. Flatten them gently with a meat tenderizer to achieve a more even thickness.
3. In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs, eggs, pistachio nuts, spice blend, parsley, and a pinch of salt. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
4. Take a spoonful of the bread crumb mixture and spread it onto each veal slice, leaving a small border around the edges.
5. Gently roll up each veal slice, securing it with a toothpick or a string if necessary. Place the rolled veal olives side by side in the greased baking dish.
6. Cut a piece of buttered parchment paper to fit the baking dish and cover the veal olives with it. This helps to keep the moisture in during cooking.
7. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until the veal is tender and cooked through.
8. While the veal olives are cooking, prepare the sauce. In a small saucepan, melt the remaining butter over medium heat. Add the flour and stir constantly until the mixture turns golden brown.
9. Slowly pour in about 1 cup of water or broth, stirring continuously to avoid any lumps. Keep stirring until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency.
10. Once the veal olives are cooked, carefully remove the toothpicks or strings and transfer them to a serving platter. Pour the prepared sauce over the veal olives, making sure to coat them evenly.
11. Serve the Polpettine Distese hot and garnish with additional chopped parsley if desired. They pair wonderfully with roasted vegetables, creamy polenta, or a savory risotto.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
If you enjoyed making and savoring Polpettine Distese, you may also enjoy these similar Italian dishes:

1. Involtini: Involtini are delicious rolls made with thinly sliced meat, such as beef or pork, stuffed with a savory filling and cooked in a flavorful sauce. These rolls can be filled with a variety of ingredients, such as cheese, cooked vegetables, or prosciutto.

2. Dolmades: Dolmades, also known as stuffed grape leaves, are a popular dish in Mediterranean cuisine. These flavorful rolls are made by wrapping seasoned rice or ground meat mixture in grape leaves and then cooking them in a lemony broth.

3. Cordon Bleu: Cordon Bleu is a classic French dish consisting of pounded chicken or veal, filled with ham and cheese, then breaded and pan-fried until golden and crispy. It is a delightful combination of flavors and textures.

4. Stuffed Bell Peppers: Stuffed bell peppers are a versatile dish that can be enjoyed with various fillings. Typically, it involves stuffing a mix of ground meat, rice, vegetables, and herbs into hollowed-out bell peppers, then baking them until tender.

No matter which of these similar dishes you choose to try, you'll be treated to a mouthwatering experience that highlights the creativity and flavors of traditional cuisine. Enjoy experimenting with these recipes and discovering new culinary delights!

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