05/03/11 Veal Rolls with Vegetables

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Soup with Meatballs
  -Potato Croquettes with Fontina Cheese
  -Veal Rolls with Vegetables

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 Recipe: Soup with Meatballs

Soup with Meatballs
Zuppa con Polpettine di Carne


For the Meat Stock:
1 and 3/4 lb (800 grams) beef (no fat), cut into cubes
1 lb 5 oz (600 grams) veal, cut into cubes
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 oz (50 grams) coarsely chopped carrots
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) leeks, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 celery stick, coarsely chopped

For the Soup:
5 oz (150 grams) minced veal or beef
1 egg yolk
2 oz (50 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
1 slice cooked ham or prosciutto, chopped
1 bread slice, crusts removed
Salt and pepper


Prepare the Meat Stock:
Place the meat in a large saucepan, add cold water to cover and bring to a boil. Cooking and gentle simmering are essential for a great meat stock.

Skim off any residue that rises to the surface and add the carrots, leeks, onion, and celery and season with salt.

Lower the heat and simmer for about 3 and 1/2 hours to 4 hours.

Remove from the heat, strain into a bowl and leave to cool.

Then chill in the refrigerator.

When the fat has solidified on the surface carefully remove and throw away.

Prepare the Soup:
Tear the bread into pieces.

Place in a bowl and add 3 tablespoons water.

Set aside to soak.

Mix together the veal or beef, egg yolk and Parmigiano cheese in another bowl.

Squeeze out the bread, add to the meat mixture with the ham and season with salt and pepper.

Bring the meat stock to a boil.

Shape the meat mixture into small balls, add to the meat stock and simmer over a medium heat for 15-20 minutes.

Ladle into a soup tureen and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Potato Croquettes with Fontina Cheese

Potato Croquettes with Fontina Cheese
Crocchette Di Patate Alla Fontina


1 and 3/4 lbs potatoes
3 eggs
2 oz (50 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) Fontina cheese, cut into sticks
2 oz (50 grams) cooked ham or prosciutto slice, cut into sticks
3 oz (80 grams) breadcrumbs
Vegetable or olive oil, for deep-frying
Salt and pepper
Fresh basil leaves, to garnish


Cook the whole unpeeled potatoes in plenty of salted water for about 40-45 minutes until tender, then drain, peel and place into a bowl.

Mash with a potato masher.

Separate one of the eggs and stir the yolk and one whole egg into the potato with the Parmigiano cheese.

Mix well and season with salt and pepper.

Shape the mixture into croquettes and push a stick of Fontina cheese and a stick of ham into each.

Beat the remaining egg with a pinch of salt in a shallow dish and spread out the breadcrumbs in another shallow dish.

Heat the oil for deep-frying in a large pan.

Dip the croquettes in the beaten egg, then in the breadcrumbs and fry in the hot oil until golden brown.

Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper and pile onto a warm serving dish.

Garnish with basil leaves. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Veal Rolls with Vegetables

Veal Rolls with Vegetables
Involtini alle Verdure


1 lb (450 grams) veal slices
2 carrots, cut into batons
1 celery stick, cut into batons
4 tablespoons tomato passata
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 tablespoons dry white wine
Salt and pepper


Pound the veal slices with a meat mallet.

Divide the carrots and celery among the slices of meat.

Roll up and tie with kitchen string.

Heat the butter and olive oil in a frying pan.

Add the rolls and cook, turning frequently, until browned all over.

Pour in the wine and cook until it has evaporated.

Season with salt and pepper.

Add the tomato passata, cover and simmer gently for about 30 minutes. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates & reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news resources in Italy. Each story is slapped with our wild, often ironic, and sometimes rather opinionated comments. And now, for your reading pleasure:

Men Talk 500,000 Euro Cartier Ring Out of Rome Jewellery Store

Rome - October 20, 2010 - Police are trying to track down two men who stole Cartier's most expensive ring, but one thing is clear: the bilingual, elegantly attired thieves were savvy.

Without pulling a weapon, the two men walked off with a 500,000 Euro ($693,000 USD) diamond-encrusted ring Tuesday evening from Cartier's store on Via Condotti, a shopping street near Rome's Spanish Steps, police said.

Police official Paolo Guiso, who is leading the investigation, told news agencies Wednesday that the thieves, speaking Arabic and French, talked their way into seeing several rings after telling the saleswoman they needed a special gift for a wedding. Italian news reports said the thieves were North Africans, but Guiso said that investigators were still trying to determine their nationality.

Cartier's press office in Milan declined to describe the stolen ring or confirm Italian press reports that a 5-carat diamond formed the centerpiece, and that the rest of the piece was encrusted with much smaller diamonds.

On Tuesday night, Rome's police headquarters said the thieves were shown the store's most expensive ring at their request. After an inspection at the store Wednesday, Guiso said the two men worked deftly and quickly.

"One man distracted the saleswoman" and while she was taking out still another ring to show the customers, "the other quickly took the ring," Guiso said.

He said one of the men then left, claiming he needed to find someone who spoke Italian but never came back. The other man also quickly and calmly exited the store. Both apparently blended into a crowd of shoppers outside. Witnesses said Tuesday the pair was seen getting into a waiting sedan with a driver and quickly left the scene.

But Guiso said it hasn't been confirmed the thieves had a getaway car waiting. Police said images from a video surveillance camera are being examined.

This story is dedicated to any of you who have ever strolled down the fashionable Via Condotti in Rome, stopped in front of one of these designer stores, and received that "look" from its employees or the detestable people who shop these stores. This was karma and a "bel vaffanculo!"

Hard to believe one of the oldest scams in the books can still be performed in 2010 and in one of the most expensive streets in the world. You could just imagine the planning between the Arab and French thieves:

French: "Then I'll distract her and you slip the huge ring in your pocket."
Arab: "Are you high?"
French: "No no, it will work. Trust me. These are Italians who are full of themselves."

As far as we're concerned, the employees of that Cartier store ("cazzo", excuse us, boutique) who live their lives like a country club deserved to be bilked. Maybe they'll be less gullible. We say the gentlemen who perpetrated this heist deserve a medal not jail time. They deserve a medal for locating stupid employees. They're doing us a favor. Now, we can identify all of them, flush them out and make sure they don't breed and file a job application again.

The Cartier spokespeople claimed the Via Condotti boutique was closed for more than 24 hours while the police performed their investigations. "Cazzate!" We believe they lost the key to the boutique.

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