Ascoli Style Stuffed Olives

Ascoli olives are traditionally served in Italy as both a pre-meal aperitivo or a mid-day snack.
65 min
0 People
65 min
INGREDIENTS for 0 people
  • 5 oz lean beef
  • 5 oz lean pork
  • 5 oz chicken
  • 1 chicken liver
  • 1 ¾ oz grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 oz grated Pecorino cheese
  • lemon zest
  • 1 ¾ oz tomato sauce
  • 3 ½ oz crustless white bread
  • meat broth to taste
  • 2 eggs , (1 for the stuffing, 1 for the outer covering)
  • ⅝ lb breadcrumbs
  • 3 ½ oz all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb olive verdi , large
  • nutmeg to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cinnamon to taste
  • frying oil to taste

Brown the pork, beef and chicken meat in a pot with a couple tbsp. of olive oil. Once brown on all sides, add the tomato sauce and a ladleful of water. Cook over low heat for 20 minutes.

Once the meat is almost done cooking, add the chicken liver. Season with salt and pepper and continue cooking for another minute, then remove the pot from the heat.

Once the meat is cool, grind it finely in a meat grinder, then place it in a bowl, adding the cheeses, a whole whisked egg, the lemon peel, a pinch of nutmeg and a pinch of cinnamon. Mix well using a wooden spoon.

Break apart the bread and place it to soak in the broth. Then remove it, squeeze out the excess broth and add it to the stuffing.

Remove the pits from the olives by making an incision. Be careful not to break them. Stuff each olive with a good amount of stuffing. Then cover the olives first with flour, then in a beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumbs.

Fry the olives, a couple at a time, completely covered in boiling oil. Once uniformly golden, remove using a slotted spoon and place in olives on a plate lined with paper towels.

Serve hot.

Food History

Olive oil, together with bread and wine, is considered a part of the so-called “Mediterranean trio,” or the ingredients on which the diet of the ancient Greek and Roman were based. Although olives are originally from western Asia and the first olive tree was plated in Syria in 6000 B.C., olives spread quickly throughout the Mediterranean.
In Greece, the olive tree was extremely important not only for its fruit, but for its symbolic value. It was considered a gift of the Gods. According to legend, the olive tree was created by the goddess Athena during an unspoken challenge by Zeus to determine if the region of Attica was supposed to be hers or Neptune’s. All of Zeus’ children brought him a horse, which is useful in times of war, as a gift, while Athena won the challenge by brining him an olive tree, symbol of peace and prosperity. Attica was given to the goddess and its capital was named Athens in her name.

Did you know that…

In ancient times, olive oil was used not only as food, but as a cosmetic?

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