Celery balls: the recipe for a simple and original vegetarian main course

ingredients
  • Celery
    400 grams
    • 21 kcal

  • Stale bread
    100 grams
    • 79 kcal

  • Egg


    1
    • 0 kcal
  • Grated parmesan
    1 tbsp
    • 380 kilocalories

  • Breadcrumbs
    to taste
    • 0 kcal

  • salt


    to taste
    • 21 kcal
  • black pepper
    to taste
    • 79 kcal

  • Seed oil
    to taste
    • 29 kcal

Calories refer to 100 grams of product

the celery balls I am a vegetarian main course simple and original based on one ingredient, celery, which is generally used to make stir-fry or vegetable broth, accompanied by carrots, onions or potatoes. In this recipe, to be made as an alternative to classic meatballs, the celery becomes the protagonist: it will be cut into small pieces, blanched and mixed with softened stale bread, eggs, Parmesan cheese and herbs. The meatballs will then be fried Where oven-baked, for a lighter preparation. The end result will be celery balls crispy outside And soft inside, also excellent to serve as a delicious aperitif or as an appetizer. You can also serve them with tomato sauce or with a larger meat sauce, as in the preparation typical of Prato, or accompany them with a mixed salad.

For the preparation of the dough you can replace the bread with potatoes read and enrich the preparation by adding anchovy in oil, to make the celery balls even tastier.

How to prepare celery balls

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Put the bread in a bowl with lukewarm water (1), let it soften and wring it out. Wash the celery stalks, remove the torso, damaged parts and leaves and cut it into small pieces (2). Blanch the celery for a few minutes in boiling salted water, drain it and let it cool (3).

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Put the celery in a bowl, add the bread, Parmesan, egg, salt and pepper and mix with your hands until all the ingredients are combined. Make meatballs with your hands and dip them in the breadcrumbs (4). Heat the seed oil in a non-stick pan and fry the meatballs in hot oil until golden (5). Alternatively you can bake them in the oven: place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and bake at 180 ° C for about 20 minutes. Your celery balls are ready to be served (6).

storage

You can keep the celery balls in the refrigerator for 1-2 days inside an airtight container. You can also prepare them ahead of time, store them in the refrigerator and fry them just before serving.

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