An Italian side dish of colossal green olives stuffed with pork and chicken. You won't find these in Italian restaurants because they are labor intensive, but well worth it for special occasions. A family favorite - requirement actually - for a real Italian Christmas dinner.

Advertisement

Ingredients

50
Original recipe yields 50 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir celery, onion, and garlic in hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add pork and chicken and cook for 7 to 10 minutes. Combine tomato puree and tomato paste with 1 cup water, and add to meat mixture. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours, or until pork and chicken are falling off the bone. Remove meat from the pot to cool, and set sauce aside.

    Advertisement
  • Meanwhile, remove olive pits using a special olive pitting tool. Make a slit in one side of each olive large enough to insert stuffing.

  • Once cooled, remove pork and chicken meat from the bones, and mince. Mix together with 2 beaten eggs, Parmesan cheese, ground nutmeg, lemon zest, and 1/4 cup of reserved sauce. Use more or less sauce as needed so that meat mixture is moist, but not too wet.

  • Fill each olive with enough stuffing so that a small amount is pushing out of the slit. Dip each stuffed olive in flour, then beaten egg, then bread crumbs. Stuffed olives may be frozen in an air-tight container at this point until ready to use.

  • Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Fry olives in hot oil for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown on the outside. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

226 calories; 21.5 g total fat; 14 mg cholesterol; 432 mg sodium. 5.8 g carbohydrates; 3.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (5)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2006
This is the absolute reason my family loves Christmas dinner!! Our variation which has been passed down to me from my Mother from her Mother from her Mother etc. we have a grinder that we use to grind the meat after its cooked when grinding the meat we add the lemon zest then and when all through its that point we start stuffing and the rest of the recipe is exactly the same.....Bellisimo!!! A staple among italian holiday dinners!! Read More
(17)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/06/2005
My entire family is Italian (the older generation native to Italy) and I have never heard of these stuffed olives. Thought I'd try them anyway - too much labor for not a lot of taste. Read More
(28)
5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2006
This is the absolute reason my family loves Christmas dinner!! Our variation which has been passed down to me from my Mother from her Mother from her Mother etc. we have a grinder that we use to grind the meat after its cooked when grinding the meat we add the lemon zest then and when all through its that point we start stuffing and the rest of the recipe is exactly the same.....Bellisimo!!! A staple among italian holiday dinners!! Read More
(17)
Rating: 1 stars
10/06/2005
My entire family is Italian (the older generation native to Italy) and I have never heard of these stuffed olives. Thought I'd try them anyway - too much labor for not a lot of taste. Read More
(28)
Rating: 2 stars
06/25/2006
My father is from the region where these "olive ascolane" or "olive all' ascolana" originate from. I usually love them (believe me they're delicious) but I think you're using way too much tomato (it's usually just one or two table spoons) and the vegetables are not part of the stuffing once they got fried with the meat. They're just there to give the meat a bit more taste. I've never heard of a version with chicken breast either. The olives must be watered for a few hours before you start cooking. Read More
(23)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2006
This is the absolute reason my family loves Christmas dinner!! Our variation which has been passed down to me from my Mother from her Mother from her Mother etc. we have a grinder that we use to grind the meat after its cooked when grinding the meat we add the lemon zest then and when all through its that point we start stuffing and the rest of the recipe is exactly the same.....Bellisimo!!! A staple among italian holiday dinners!! Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2007
My Nona passed away with her recipes in her head I was the first child born in the US and regret not knowing her recipes. I have been looking for a recipe for stuffed olives for years! This was great I loved it almost exact!I read some of the other reviews to my knowledge soaking the olives was also what she did I made them by hand(A LOT OF WORK)and wish I had a grinder but overall I LOVE them and they were WONDERFUL my family loved them they weren't like nona's exactly but definitly came in second place!!!! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2012
I just finished making these for family who hadn't had them in a long time and they were great. Instead of mincing meat run the meat through a grinder. The review who mentioned that she never heard of them must understand that this is a micro-regional dish from Ascoli Picena. It is a lot of work but for special occasions worth it. Read More
(3)
Advertisement