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Grandma's boiled meatballs recipe

Meatballs with boiled beef: cooking without waste

In Italian cuisine, recipes with recycled ingredients are the perfect compromise between taste and savings. Carrying forward the idea that "nothing is thrown away in the kitchen" is always a good way to prepare tasty dishes that are always different and help the wallet and the environment. Here, among the many recovery recipes with meat, grandma's meatballs become the true evergreen that never goes out of fashion: very easy, imaginative and always different.

We all agree that boiled meat is already good, but what to cook if we have leftovers from dinner the day before? The recipe for meatballs with leftover boiled meat is really easy to prepare and is ideal for those who want to bring something tasty, economical and tasty to the table. Leftover boiled meat will no longer be a problem, on the contrary, everyone will like it! If we then use 100% Italian meat, purchased in our trusted online butcher shop, success will be assured. Do you need meat for boiling? No problem, the Lesso Box comes to the rescue and contains the right mix of beef for boiling .

Meatballs recipe with leftover meat


  • 200 g of leftover boiled beef
  • 200 g of boiled potatoes
  • 70 g of breadcrumbs or breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 large eggs
  • 1 sprig of fresh parsley
  • breadcrumbs to taste
  • Parmigiano Reggiano aged 24 months to taste
  • 00 flour to taste
  • grated lemon zest to taste
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • seed oil to taste


Finely chop the leftover boiled meat (all cuts of meat will work, we eliminate the more nervous parts). We soak the bread crumbs in water, then squeeze them. Mix the boiled meat with all the ingredients with your hands: the bread crumbs, the Parmesan cheese, the parsley, the boiled potato, the egg, the lemon zest, salt and pepper.

We will thus obtain a homogeneous mixture, if it is too thick add another egg. Now form meatballs of the same size, flour them and put them to rest in the freezer for about 20 minutes so that they compact well.

Take the meatballs and dip them again in the flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs (if we want an extra flavour, we can also add chopped herbs). Let's now fry the boiled meatballs in a pan with high sides and boiling oil. As soon as they are cooked, drain them with a slotted spoon and let them dry on a sheet of absorbent kitchen paper (or baking paper) to remove excess grease. Serve piping hot with accompanying salad or mashed potatoes.