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Polpetes on All Saint’s day a Zakynthian tradition

Tomorrow is All Saints day and it is a feast that Zakynthians celebrate uniquely in its cuisine….
The traditional dish of the day is called *Polpetes* or simply known as meatballs.
Below find the recipe that most Zakynthian households will be making. Some with a variation either plain or in a tomato sauce, either way they are delicious.
500 gr. ground beef (try to leave the mimce a little meaty looking)
150 gr. potatoes
150 gr. Lathotiri of Zakynthos (local cheese)
1 lartge onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 slices of stale bread crumbed
80 ml. Zakynthian Red wine
1 egg
A pinch of spices

Olive oil for frying
Flour for frying

Boil the potatoes in salted water, once cooked, puree and let them cool. Soak the bread in the wine until it softens.
Chop garlic, onion, parsley, and mint.
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients and salt. Knead the mince as much as possible, try for 15+ minutes and then check the mixture, see if it has “transformed” it should be light and fluffy looking.

Cover with film and leave in the fridge for a few hours if you have time.
You can make either large or small meatballs, fry in hot olive oil.

For even more of a delicious dish you can make a Zakynthian tomato sauce base and finish it off by placing the meatballs in the sauce and cooking them for about ten minutes, so that the sauce thickens slightly….
Kali Orexi.

About Louise Inzk

Louise is Australian born and has been a Greek citizen since 1991. She has deep cultural ties with the island, often writing about Zakynthian Traditions and Culture. She is also an active member of the Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, Giostra Di Zante and is a member of the women's choir "Rodambelos". Her love of the island and all it offers saw her joining the Zakynthos (Zante) Informer admin team in 2014.

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