4.85 from 13 votes
Romanian meatballs (Chiftele)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Romanian Meatballs, known as "Chiftele" are one of the most popular Romanian dishes. Learn to make the mother of all meatballs, nothing beats these meatballs.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Romanian
Servings: 8
Calories: 439 kcal
Author: Joanna Cismaru
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 lb ground pork
  • 2 small onions or 1 large one, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 potatoes grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs I used Panko
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 1/4 cup parsley finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dill fresh, finely chopped
  • oil for frying
  1. Heat the tbsp of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.Add the onions, garlic and saute until tender. Add the grated potato and cook for a few minutes until it becomes tender. Let this cool.

  2. In a large bowl, add the onion/potato mixture, ground pork, eggs and breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, add the chopped parsley and chopped dill and mix well.
  3. You can form these into balls, or traditionally they are formed into small patties.
  4. Add oil to a large skillet and fry the meatballs on all sides.
  5. Serve over spaghetti, or mashed potatoes.
Recipe Notes

These meatballs can also be baked. Bake at 400 F degrees for about 30 to 45 minutes or until cooked through.


Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


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