Pea, mint and ricotta balls

Pea, mint and ricotta balls

By 20/03/2017

Meatballs? No, pea and ricotta balls today.

These hot and crispy fritters made with peas, ricotta and breadcrumbs are great as an appetizer served with a mint sauce.

A few mint leaves added to the mixture will make them very perfumed and delicate: mint and peas are just the perfect match.

Over the weekend I have been experimenting with different dishes, some outside my comfort zone: I have made an Indian curry which was successful but I think I still have lots to learn about that and I have been experimenting with different flours too: rice, buckwheat, kamut and spelt are my favourites. I make pizza with spelt every week.

As grains have been (heavily) genetically modified in the last 25 years, particularly wheat, it is good to vary them a little and use different types of flours.

I wish you all a very good start of the week!

  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes
  • Yield : 25

Ingredients

Instructions

Chop the onion finely. Put 2 tbsp of olive oil oil in a pan, add the onion and stir fry it until translucent. Add the peas, salt and pepper and cook them until soft.

Cooking peas

In a mixer reduce the cooked peas with the mint leaves to a puree consistency; add the ricotta, the egg yolks, the parmesan, the breadcrumbs and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

Pea, Ricotta Mint Balls

Using your hands form small balls the size of a walnut. Add extra breadcrumbs if the mixture feels very sticky.

Dip them into the egg white and then roll them in the breadcrumbs.

Heat up the oil and when it is very hot fry the balls, turning them on both sides until they look nice and golden.

Enjoy warm with a mint sauce dip.

Pea, Ricotta Mint Balls

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16 Responses to Pea, mint and ricotta balls

    • Alida

      Yes I also love mint tea to drink during the day: just a few fresh mint leaves, hot water and honey.. so refreshing!

  1. Gloria Roa

    sounds delicious Alida ! I love ricotta 🙂

    • Alida

      Thanks Gloria

  2. Chiara

    che sfiziose quelle piccole polpette, ricche di sapore !Un abbraccio

    • Alida

      aspetto i piselli freschi per rifarla!

  3. Balvinder

    Absolutely love this recipe! I am seeing too many “meatballs” recipe this week.

    • Alida

      Yes it’s good to go meat free from time to time!

  4. La cucina di Molly

    Ma che bella idea, che buone queste palline di ricotta e piselli, un’alternativa alle solite polpette, complimenti! Un bacione cara!

    • Alida

      Giusto per cambiare un’po 🙂

  5. elisabetta

    I’ve bought fresh peas for tomorrow’s minestra (grandad’s recipe) but I’ll be making your delicious recipe next week, for sure! Grazie Alida.

    • Alida

      Prego cara. Buona minestra!

  6. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Love this recipe Alida. Mint and pea are such a lovely pairing I agree. It is so nice to see them used in an unusual way. Delicious x

    • Alida

      Thanks Kate!

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