Mamaliga Balls with Smoked Ham

Total Time:
51 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
6 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 3/4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups fine yellow cornmeal
  • Oil, for deep-frying
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced smoked ham
  • 1/4 cup ricotta
Directions
  • Heat the stock to a simmer and then whisk in the cornmeal.

  • Whisk butter, salt, and pepper into the cornmeal mixture. Set aside to cool. When cool enough to touch, roll into balls about the size of a golf ball.

  • Poke a hole in the middle and fill with 1/4 teaspoon each of the ricotta and ham and roll up.

  • In a deep saucepan, heat 4 inches oil to 375 degrees F.Fry for 2 to 3 minutes in hot oil. Drain on paper towels and serve.


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