Italian meatball recipe: Sicilian meatballs in Lemon leaves

Sicilian meatballs in lemon leaves

How to make Sicilian meatballs in lemon leaves

This Sicilian meatball recipe is so simple yet so delicious. The Italian name for meatballs is ‘Polpettes’ and in Sicily, you would call them ‘Purpetti’. Try out this recipe to decide your preferred meatball, Polpettes or Purpetti?

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  • 500 g minced ground veal
  • 15 g breadcrumbs
  • 60 ml milk
  • 2 small eggs
  • 10 g finely chopped parsley
  • 60 g parmesan
  • 15 lemon leaves
  • Salt
  • Pepper



  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C
  2. Mix all of the meat, eggs, breadcrumbs, parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper into a bowl until it all comes together and looks like a paste
  3.  Roll the mixture into 5cm
  4. Roll lemon leaves over the meatballs and secure them by placing a toothpick through them
  5. Place the meatballs in a baking pan and bake for 15 minutes
  6. Plate up the meatballs to serve. Take the lemon leaves off before eating!

Sicilian meatballs in lemon leaves

We’re sure you will enjoy this Sicilian meatball recipe

Check out our Italian meatballs recipe to decide whether you prefer Italian meatballs or Sicilian meatballs! If you do enjoy it, be sure to pop back here and leave us a comment.

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