Romanian meatballs (Chiftele)

Romanian meatballs (Chiftele)

Romanian Meatballs, known as “Chiftele” are one of the most popular Romanian dishes. Learn to make the mother of all meatballs, nothing beats these meatballs.

I’m so happy to share this recipe with you today because this literally is one of the most common made dishes by my mother as we were growing up, and still is in her household and mine. So needless to say, I learned to make these meatballs a very long time ago. We call these “Chiftele” which is the Romanian word for meatballs. Sometimes I feel like I don’t share enough Romanian dishes with you, and here I am to redeem myself.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb ground pork
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 small onions or 1 large one, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 potatoes grated
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup bread crumbs, I used Panko
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
  • ¼ cup dill finely chopped
  • oil for frying
Read the whole recipe on Jo Cooks