Sicilian Tuna Meatballs

By • February 24, 2012 • 2 Comments

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Author Notes: I love meatballs. All kinds. I even named my blog after them, Meatballs & Milkshakes. Most people think of meat or even chicken when they think of meatballs, but you can make so many other varieties. Lentil meatballs. Eggplant meatballs. Bacala meatballs. These ones though, may be my favorite of all. The Italian canned tuna mixes with all the traditional Sicilian flavorings to make succulent, aromatic, light little balls. I like them as an appetizer without pasta, but you could easily toss them with some linguine or penne and make it into a main course. Try them tonight, you won't be disappointed.Meatballs&Milkshakes

Serves 4

  • 1 can Italian tuna in olive oil, drained
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice, less than half an orange
  • 1 cup marinara sauce, your own or store bought
  1. Good Italian or Spanish canned tuna is a must for this recipe, it's so much more flavorful and moist, especially when packed in olive oil. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl except the marinara sauce. Be careful not to completely break up all the chunks of tuna, you want some little chunks in the meatballs. Roll into meatballs about 1 inch in diameter.
  2. Gently add them to a non-stick pan with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom. They will be a little fragile, so don't try to move them more than you have to. Brown them well on the first side and then gently flip them with tongs. I specify an extra large egg because if you don't have enough egg in the mixture, they will fall apart more easily. However, even if a few fall apart, they are still very delicious and it thickens the sauce!
  3. Once they are browned on all sides, add the marinara sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve either on their own as an appetizer or toss with pasta!
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over 2 years ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

Thanks! They work so well with tuna and the tartness from the tomato sauce is great!

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over 2 years ago creamtea

Nice combination of flavors: the cinnamon, currants, and pine nuts!