Viva Malta!

The rocky island of Malta is home to some beautiful rustic recipes that sing of Mediterranean flavor and freshness. Maltese cuisine is peasant cuisine, using vegetables in season, homemade cheeses, and cheaper cuts of meat.  Rissoles are a very popular dish in Malta and may be prepared with chicken, pork, beef or even turkey mince. They’re just as delicious served cold, as they are warm, so they make great snacks the day after! Enjoy!


Cook: 25 minutes

Yield: 4


  • 1/3 cup (50 g) whole meal breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp skim milk
  • 1 generous cup (250 g) chicken mince
  • ½ tsp mixed herbs
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 2/3 cup (400 ml) chicken stock
  • 1 3/4 cup (400 g) tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup (100 g) rice
  • Parsley to garnish



Mix breadcrumbs and milk in a bowl. Add chicken mince, mixed herbs, garlic and egg. Mix well and let the mixture rest before forming the rissoles.

In a saucepan, cook the chicken stock, tomatoes, tomato paste and bay leaves on moderate heat until boiling.

Add rice to the saucepan, mix well, cover and cook for another 5 minutes.

Form the rissoles (an ice-cream scoop is an easy way to make each rissole a consistent size), add to sauce, and simmer for 15 minutes, until rissoles are cooked.

Garnish with parsley. Serve with steamed green vegetables.