Pork and fennel polpette

Pork and fennel polpette

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From
Little Italy
Makes
24
Photographer
Jacqui Melville

Pork and fennel have been best friends for a very long time. They go so well together and this dish showcases what’s so perfect about their friendship. The toasted fennel seeds and fennel bulb in the sauce are just superb.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g minced pork
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, lightly toasted and ground
pinch chilli flakes
1 egg, lightly beaten
50g fresh breadcrumbs
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

Tomato and fennel sauce

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small fennel bulb, finely chopped, plus fennel fronds, to garnish
150ml white wine
400g canned chopped tomatoes
200ml tomato passata
dill sprigs, to garnish

Method

  1. Put the pork, garlic, fennel seeds, chilli, egg, breadcrumbs and seasoning into a large bowl and massage the meat with your hands until well combined.
  2. Take small amounts of the mixture and roll into 24 walnut-sized balls or log shapes. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm up.
  3. Next, heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat and cook the polpette in two batches until lightly browned all over. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Now make the sauce: add the olive oil to the pan and gently sauté the fennel until soft. Deglaze the pan with the wine and allow it to reduce by half before adding the tomatoes and passata. Allow to cook gently for 10 minutes. Return the polpette to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Spoon the polpette on to individual serving dishes and garnish with fennel fronds and dill sprigs.
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