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Cheese-Balls-art - 9/12/17


"Cheese Balls" by Mistress Leoba of Lecelade.


NOTE: See also the files: breadcrumbs-msg, pickled-eggs-msg, eggs-msg, breadcrumbs-msg, fried-cheese-msg, Cheese-Making-art, Aged-Cheese-art.





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Cheese Balls

by Mistress Leoba of Lecelade


Wiltú kesßkiechlen bachen

So reib ain gar gúten kesß barmisan, thú ain geriben semelbrot darein, bis er gar tick wirt, darnach schlag air darain, bis es ain feins taiglin wirt, darnach mach rúnde kigellen wie die briete kiechlen jn derselben gressin vnd lasß langsam bachen, so send sý gemacht.

Das Kuchbuch der Sabina Welserin'


96 If you would make cheese buns

Then grate an especially good Parmesan cheese and put grated white bread thereon, until it becomes very thick. Afterwards beat eggs into it, until it becomes a good dough. After that make good round balls, the same size as scalded buns, and let them fry very slowly, then they are ready.


The text of the original recipe can be found here:



The translation is by Valoise Armstrong, and can be found here:



Little balls of cheesey goodness! These are quite rich. Parmesan cheese was an imported luxury, so these cheese balls would have been reserved for special occasions (Bach, 2017, 163).




125g grated Parmesan cheese 

2 eggs

100g bread crumbs     





In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. This is easiest done with the hands.

Form the mix into small balls about the size of walnuts, and flatten slightly.

Heat some oil in a frypan, then fry the balls until the outsides are golden.

They can be served hot or cold.




A large, cylindrical cheese similar to a modern Parmigiano Reggianois depicted in 14th century illuminations, and financial ledgers and literature indicates it was in demand throughout Europe from this time. This is not surprising, given that the relative dryness and higher salt content of a good parmesan cheese makes it easy to transport long distances without spoiling (Kindstedt, 2012, 155-157).


The original recipe referred "scalded buns" (kiechlen) to size the cheese balls. This is recipe 142 in Sabina Welserin's cook book, and they appear similar to small pancakes. You could probably make the cheese balls thinner than shown below.



Further Reading


Kindstedt, Paul (2012). Cheese and Culture.

Bach, Volker (2017). The Kitchen, Food and Cooking in Reformation Germany.



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