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Abruzzese Meatball Spiedini

Fire up the grill and cook up “spiedini,” which means “skewers” in Italian. This spiedini recipe translates into a perfect, no-fuss summer meal—savory, skewered Abruzzese meatballs, tender zucchini, spicy jalapeno, and sweet onion grilled with tangy salsa verde sauce. Once grilled, place the meat and veggies onto warm pita bread, top with shaved Parmesan, open wide and enjoy!

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Prep Time
20 mins
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Skill Level
Beginner
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Servings
4 Servings

Fire up the grill and cook up “spiedini,” which means “skewers” in Italian. This spiedini recipe translates into a perfect, no-fuss summer meal—savory, skewered Abruzzese meatballs, tender zucchini, spicy jalapeno, and sweet onion grilled with tangy salsa verde sauce. Once grilled, place the meat and veggies onto warm pita bread, top with shaved Parmesan, open wide and enjoy!

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Ingredients


Product ImageAbruzzese Italian Style Meatballs
  • Carando Abruzzese meatballs1 pack
  • Flat leaf parsley, chopped rough1 cup
  • Zucchini, sliced thin1
  • Fresh basil, chopped rough½ cup
  • Jalapeño sliced thin1
  • Fresh mint, chopped rough¼ cup
  • Sweet onion, quartered1
  • Shallot, chopped rough1
  • Lavash or Pita4 pieces
  • Garlic, chopped rough2 cloves
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved½ cup
  • Capers2 tbsp.
  • Crushed red pepper½ tsp.
  • Red wine vinegar1 tbsp.
  • Anchovy paste1 tsp.
  • Olive oil3 tbsp.

Instructions


  1. Heat a grill to medium high heat.

  2. Cut meatballs in half, and flatten into an oval.

  3. Slice the zucchini lengthwise, very thin, on a mandolin or with a very sharp knife, and roll it up end to end.

  4. Slice the jalapeños on a long angle, and quarter the onion.

  5. Using metal skewers, or well soaked bamboo ones, thread one oval of meatball, followed by one slice of jalapeño, one large piece of onion, another piece of jalapeño, and finally one piece of rolled zucchini.

  6. Repeat the process until the skewers are full, then reserve, covered in the refrigerator.

  7. To make the salsa verde, combine the parsley, basil, mint, shallot, garlic, capers, crushed red pepper, red wine vinegar, anchovy, and the olive oil in the bowl of a food processor and chop until a mostly smooth sauce forms and transfer to a bowl.

  8. Lightly brush the spiedini with some of the salsa verde, and grill until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165ºF, turning often to avoid burning.

  9. Transfer the skewers to a plate and cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes.

  10. While the spiedini are resting, quickly warm the flatbread on the grill, place the meat and vegetables onto the bread, drizzle with a generous amount of salsa verde, and top with shaved parmesan.

  11. Wrap up the sandwich and enjoy immediately.

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