On one of my blog quests, I stumbled upon an Italian blog site where I saw these meat patties that are sandwiched between lemon leaves and grilled. It was simple and very appetizing.
…Simple if you have a lemon tree growing in your backyard…but no one in Denver has! I decided to experiment with this idea. Meanwhile, I wrote down the name of the dish in Italian.
Last year I treated myself to buying two citrus trees that I intended to grow as houseplants. They are a small kumquat and lemon plant. They survived home conditions all year and this summer I put them on the outdoor patio to sunbathe and breathe fresh mountain air, low and behold, they thrived. The kumquat bloomed like crazy and the lemon tree grew more leaves. What to do with the abundance of fresh lemon leaves? Use it to make “carne in foglie di limone.”
Mini Meatballs in Lemon Leaves-Carne in Foglie di Limone
- grill basket
- 20-24 lemon leaves
- 500 gram ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano grated
- 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs homemade or store-bought
- salt and pepper
Making the meatballs
- Washed and dry the lemon leaves20-24 lemon leaves
- In a mixing bowl combine beef, egg, and cheese. With your hands mix them together. Incorporate the parsley. Gradually add the breadcrumbs.500 gram ground beef, 1 egg, 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano, 2 tablespoon chopped parsley, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, salt and pepper
- Once you have the mixture ready, start shaping your meatballs, similar to the shape of the leaves.
- Sandwich the meat patties between two leaves and arrange them on a wire grilling grid and press them.
- Preheat the grill and grill the lemon patties for 4-5 minutes per side, until the ends of the leaves get charred.