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Parsley balls

This recipe is not about stuffing balls, parsley dumplings or the likes. I had a particular recipe in mind, searched the web but all the recipes I found had only one thing in common – they all had parsley in them.
So I had to invent my own parsley balls recipe. The result? These Middle-East-inspired crunchy parsley balls have distinctive tangy taste and make a very good appetizer. Parsley balls

I made 36 little balls

Preparation time: 30 minutes


100g parsley leaves, finely chopped (three big bunches)
200g sirene cheese (or any other white brine or feta cheese), crushed
3 egg whites
30g (a big handful) pumpkin seeds
60-80g coarse cornmeal
Some peppermint leaves
Freshly ground white pepper
Sunflower oil (for frying)


Preparing the parsley can take you some time – you have to rinse it thoroughly, cut off the stalks, leave the parsley to drain and chop it. Do the same with the peppermint. You can also use a kitchen blender but make sure not to puree them.

Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and few drops of lemon juice. In the large bowl mix the chopped parsley and peppermint with the crushed cheese, pumpkin seeds, and season with freshly ground white pepper. Carefully fold in the whipped egg whites, so they will retain as much of their volume as possible.

Parsley ballsYou should get a smooth, thick, slightly lumpy mixture. Form small balls and roll in cornmeal. Heat the oil in pan and fry for about two minutes or until golden. Try not to overload the pan because this lowers the temperature in it.

Place the fried balls on paper towels and pat dry. Serve hot.

10 comments to Parsley balls

  • Vegolicious

    These little parsley balls look like the perfect appetizer.

    I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new vegetarian food photo gallery showcasing beautiful and flavorful vegetarian food.

  • Little Inbox

    The parsley balls look really neat and tidy. Good job!

    • Thanks! Rolling the balls was easier than I’ve expected.

      Vegolicious, I’ve already submit few things. Good luck!

  • ButterYum

    Ooo… I bet these are wonderful. I love your photo!


  • Quay Po Cook

    Parsley is one of my favorite things. This sounds good and delish! I must get to making this as an antipasto for one of my dinner with my family soon!~ Thanks for sharing:D

  • FoodZone

    Parsley balls look very delicious. Bookmarking the recipe.



  • Bonni

    Those look sooooooo good. As a lifelong (and I mean looonnnggg I am 60) vegetarian I am always on the lookout for little goodies like these.

  • Katarina

    These are beautiful!

    • Thanks, Katarina! We hope you liked the taste too

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