Pârjoale Perfection: A Savory Romanian Meatball Extravaganza

Dish recipes: Pârjoale
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Embark on a culinary journey through the flavors of Romania with our Pârjoale recipe. These delectable meatballs, seasoned to perfection and pan-fried to a golden crispiness, capture the essence of Romanian comfort food. Join us as we unravel the secrets behind creating these savory delights.


1 lb (0.45 kg) ground beef

1/2 lb (0.23 kg) ground pork

1 onion, finely grated

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup (120 ml) milk

1/2 cup (60 g) breadcrumbs

2 eggs

1/4 cup (15 g) fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 teaspoon dried thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

Vegetable oil for frying


In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, grated onion, minced garlic, breadcrumbs, and dried thyme. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Pour the egg mixture into the meat mixture. Add fresh parsley, salt, and pepper to the bowl. Mix the ingredients until well combined. Shape the mixture into small, round meatballs, about 1.5 inches in diameter. Heat vegetable oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Pan-fry the Pârjoale until golden brown on all sides and cooked through, approximately 8-10 minutes. Place the cooked meatballs on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.


Serve Pârjoale hot as an appetizer, side dish, or main course. Pair them with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh parsley for an authentic Romanian experience.

Pârjoale are more than just meatballs they represent the heartiness and soul-soothing qualities of Romanian cuisine. Revel in the savory delight of these perfectly seasoned and pan-fried gems.