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Polpette and provolone cantina rolls

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for polpette and provolone cantina rolls (meatball sandwiches).

By Gourmet Food Team
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 50 mins cooking plus chilling
  • Serves 10
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Polpette and provolone cantina rolls


  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 300 gm minced pork
  • 200 gm minced veal
  • 2 tbsp (15gm) finely grated pecorino
  • 2 tbsp sage leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dry oregano leaves
  • 60 gm (1 cup) coarsely torn day-old crustless sourdough bread
  • 1 egg
  • 60 ml red wine
  • 400 gm canned Italian-style chopped tomatoes
  • 10 small cantina rolls, to serve
  • 10 thin slices provolone
  • To serve: wild rocket


  • 1
    Heat a large frying pan over medium heat, add 2 tbsp oil, half the onion and half the garlic, and stir occasionally until soft (7-10 minutes). Cool completely.
  • 2
    Combine minces, pecorino, herbs, breadcrumbs, egg and onion mixture in a large bowl, mix well and season to taste. To test seasoning, heat a small frying pan over medium heat, add ½ tsp oil and 1 tbsp mince mixture and cook through, turning once (1-2 minutes). Check seasoning, adjusting mince mixture to taste. Roll mixture into walnut-sized balls, place on a baking paper-lined tray, cover and refrigerate until firm (1 hour).
  • 3
    Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add one-third of the meatballs and turn occasionally, until golden and cooked through (5-7 minutes). Remove, set aside and keep warm. Wipe frying pan with absorbent paper and repeat with remaining polpette.
  • 4
    Return pan to heat, add remaining olive oil, onion and garlic and stir occasionally until soft and translucent (5-7 minutes). Add wine, reduce by half (2-3 minutes), add tomato and stir occasionally until starting to thicken(3-5 minutes). Return polpette to pan, stir to coat with sauce, remove from heat and season to taste.
  • 5
    To serve, halve rolls, divide polpette and sauce among bases, top with provolone and rocket, season to taste, sandwich with tops and serve immediately.
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