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24 - Almôndegas


This is an excerpt from A Treatise of Portuguese Cuisine from the 15th Century
(Portugal, 15th c. - Fernanda Gomes, trans.)
The original source can be found at Lochac Cooks' Guild Website

24 - Almôndegas. Tomem carne de porco ou de carneiro muito gordo, sem ossos, e piquem-na bem miudinha, temperando-a com sal, cravo, açafrão e gengibre. Façam as bolas de carne, recheiem-nas com uma gema cozida, passando-as em seguida pela farinha de trigo. Numa panela com manteiga bem quente ou, se preferirem, manteiga e caldo gordo de carneiro, lancem um amarrado de cheiro-verde, e coloquem ali as almôndegas. Tampem a panela e tenham o cuidado de mexer as almôndegas de vez em quando, evitando que se partam. Sirvam com bastante molho. Se este for pouco, ajuntem às almôndegas o caldo de outras panelas.

Hazelnuts (meat balls). Take very fat pork or mutton, boneless, and mince it very finely, seasoning it with salt, cloves, saffron and ginger. Make it into meatballs, fill them with a cooked egg yolk, rolling them afterwards in wheat flour. In a pot with very hot butter or, if you prefer, butter and fat mutton broth, add a bunch of cheiro-verde (I'm not familiar with this herb, it literally translates as "green smell", and add the "hazelnuts" (meat balls). Close the lid and take care to stir the meatballs once in a while, avoiding breakage. Serve with lots of sauce. If the sauce isn't sufficient, add broth from other pans.

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Links to modern interpretations:


Grene Boke  

Almôndegas
Kristen Wright
Grene Boke
http://greneboke.com/recipes/almondegas.shtml






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