George Calombaris, the man behind Greco-Roman restaurant Mama Baba, cooks up a rare treat for readers this month – chicken meatballs with orzo pasta – ideal for serving at Kosher or Halal meals.
Calombaris says of his mixed background:
“I have had a love for pasta all my life. Not many people know but my Grandmother was Sicilian and my dad speaks fluent Italian so this always translated onto our family table.
“Simple and uncomplicated with incredible flavours is what it’s all about. Like at my Mama’s house, food is king!”
If you can’t get along to the Melbourne establishment to sample the delights from head chef Dominic Pipicelli, George has provided a quintessential example of the Mediterranean flavours from the venue in the recipe below.
Serves/makes: 4-6 portions
Chicken meat balls
500 g dried Kritharaki(orzo) pasta
1 L chicken stock
150 g butter
100 g grated parmesan
Half a bunch chopped chives and parsley
- Mince the thigh and breast; mix the minced meat bread crumbs, eggs, parmesan and herbs.
- Roll the chicken mix into 12g balls and poach the balls in 1/3 of the chicken stock for 10 minutes.
- Bring the remaining chicken stock to the boil and add the Kritharaki cook till soft. Finish by folding through the butter, parmesan, herbs and toss through the chicken meat balls.