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Meatballs - A traditional Romanian Dish

Meatballs are a traditional Romanian recipe, that can be served both as an appetizer for parties (in which case they should be made very small - bite size), or as a main dish with a side of mash potatoes, or any vegetable based dish. You can find plenty of ideas of healthy vegetable stew sides that are delicious served with meatballs, by checking our easy dinner recipes.

If you like meatballs, you may also want to check another traditional romanian dish: sour meatball soup recipe (ciorba de perisoare).

Romanian Meatballs

Meatballs (Chiftele)- A Romanian recipe

Cooking time: half an hour (preparation: 10 minutes; cooking: 20-25 minutes)

Makes: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground meat (mixed lean beef and pork) 
  • 1-2 bread slices 
  • 1/2 medium onion 
  • 2 minced garlic cloves 
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped dill
  • salt
  • ground black pepper


  1. Mix well the ground meat with bread soaked in water. 
  2. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Add minced garlic cloves, finely grated onion and finely chopped dill. Knead the mixture.
  3. Form little meatballs with an ice scoop. Flatten the meatballs a little with your hands. 
  4. Preheat olive oil in a skillet/pan (about half the height of a meatball). 
  5. When the oil is warm enough (starting to get hot), add the meatballs to fill the bottom of the pan.
  6. Let the meatballs  fry for 3-4 minutes. Check the side on the bottom: when the meatballs become golden brown on the bottom side, turn them over to the other side. 
  7. When both sides turn golden brown, remove the meatballs using a strainer spoon. 
  8. Put the meatballs temporarily on a paper towel  for absorbing the excess oil.
  9. Arrange on a serving plate.

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