Eleonora Galasso

Eleonora's Ascoli-Style Stuffed Olive Treats

by Eleonora Galasso Recipes 22 Nov 16

The original recipe for these stuffed and fried olives comes from the town of Ascoli Piceno, in the Marche region of central Italy but they are eaten all over, particularly in Rome, and we love them at Thyme. Eleonora’s recipe is the perfect choice of nibble to welcome our Christmas Thyme’s Table guests, we will be serving with her favourite Negroni and another delicious bite from her book ‘As the Romans Do,’ 'Mozarella in Carozza'.



  1. Heat the oil over a low heat in a large frying pan, add the carrot, onion, pancetta & celery, stirrying for 5 minutes until the vegetables have softened.
  2. Add the minced meats and cook gently, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes until browned all over, then add the wine and stock, bring to a vigorous simmer and cook for a further 10 minutes, or until the liquids have evaporated.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the contents to a food processor. Add the lemon zest, parmesan, nutmeg, clove 1 egg and one third of the breadcrumbs and mix everything together to form a smooth, soft paste. Season with salt to taste.
  4. Spoon the filling into a piping bag with a small nozzle attached and squeeze the filling into the olives.
  5. Arrange the flour in one shallow bowl and the remaining breadcrumbs in another. Beat the remeaning egg and tip it into a third bowl. Roll the stuffed olives first in flour, then in the egg, then in the breadcrumbs.
  6. Transfer the olives to the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes, then repeat the dipping process to ensure a thorough coating.
  7. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy based saucepan or deep fryer to 180°-190° or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds.
  8. Carefully add the olives and cook for 1-2 mintes per side until golden brown all over. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.


Join us for Eleonora's Christmas Feast at Thyme on 10th December 2016

As the Romans Do will be available to purchase from Thyme