Allora, olive ascolane

Olive ascolane are green olives stuffed with veal, pork, and breadcrumbs, then rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried. As the name suggests, they are from Ascoli Piceno but they have been fully adopted by Roman pizzerias. Parla Food, a great foodblog based in italy, has a whole description of all things fried including the olive ascolane.

The general ingredients, although everyone has certain ways of doing it, involve the following:

  • 1 1/2 pounds of pork
  • 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup of chopped green olives
  • 2/3 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 lemon rind, grated
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly-grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • Salt to taste, be careful, the cheese and olives are salty

Fried olives. Photo by Anna Youngquist

I am not sure how much I like them actually…they are truly an obsession for some. NPR did an interesting report on them. There is even a facebook page dedicated to them with 15,463 friends. There is even a website dedicated to the little things. I am not sure how healthy these are but my very limited yet educated guess would be that they are not so great. Pork stuffed in a green olive and deep fried…

Here is a video on how to make them. Notice the number of times she says “allora” (I counted 8 times)…Allora is used by italians molti. It sort of means, “So”, or “Now” or “well then”. It is differentiated from “dunque” which often has the same meaning. Here in Rome, I think I hear allora every minuti as I walk down the street.

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2 Responses to Allora, olive ascolane

  1. katie o. says:

    this might just be the most amazing food i’ve ever heard of. seriously? stuffed olives? i think i’ve died and gone to food heaven!

  2. ANGelo roncace says:

    ASCOLANA OLIVE dop.THEY ARE cOMINg soon,on our tables.
    I suggest a slice of lemon on top,before eat it.see you guys

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