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Chiftele, Heather F. 22 Time: 45 min

Servings: 2 – 4

2 Carrots (medium) 2
1 Potato (large) 1
2 – 3 Eggs 2 – 3
1 lb Ground beef ½ kg
1 tsp Parsley 1 tsp
As needed Flour As needed
¼ tsp Salt ¼ tsp
¼ tsp Pepper ¼ tsp
As needed Oil As needed

1. Wash, peel, and grate the carrots and potatoes as fine as possible. Squeeze between a few layers of paper towel to draw off excess water. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the ground beef, potato, carrot, parsley, 2 Tbs flour, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
3. Form the mixture into equal sized balls, about the size of a heaping tablespoon. Make them as compact as possible, squeezing out excess water.
4. In a pan, add the oil and heat over a medium-high flame.
5. Pour a bit of flour into a bowl, and roll the Chiftele in flour. Fry them in the oil, turning occasionally until brown and cooked all the way through.
6. When done, place on a plate with a layer of paper towel to drain off excess oil.

Notes: Chiftele are traditional Romanian meatballs, usually served with tomato sauce, mustard, sour cream, or other dips. They also work well as an appetizer together with cheese, tomato slices, peppers, and/or cabbage. Stick them in a sandwich with slices of cheese and mustard if you happen to have any left over the next day! Ground beef can be hard to find in Romania – but if you just ask, most butcher shops (and some supermarkets) will grind beef to order.

Variations: Try adding ½ c cheese and a hot pepper for a spicier version.

Substitutions: Ground beef/Ground meat (tocăniţă).

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Anonymous rtymology of word meatballs(chiftele ro.) 0 Jan 29 2011, 4:59 AM EST by Anonymous
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The Otoman Empire occupied Romania for many years(in facts not exactly Romania but some parts). And they had some sort of meatballs named "kefta". The inspiration of plat and the name is from here. Now the 2 plats are very different.
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anyone know the history of the romanian meatballs?
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