Foodie Vocab Monday: Rissole

Welcome to another Foodie Vocab Monday!
What does this week’s word mean? Keep reading to find out…after the jump!

It’s Monday…the weekend is over. But don’t fret—we have plenty of foodie advice to keep your cooking week moving along! Let’s start the week off with the foodie vocab word that we’re sure will stump some of you…

What do you think the word means? This week’s word is: Rissole.

A)  A Grecian fish casserole.
B)  To braise in red wine.
C)  A fried pastry dish.
D)  A French herb sauce.

So what do you think? Does this word ring a bell?

Are you a true foodie? Do you need some more time to think about this word…?

And “Rissole” means…

C)  A fried pastry dish.

A “Rissole” is a small croquette enclosed in pastry dough. It is usually full of fish or meat and is deep-fried.

The term comes from Old French and literally means “to redden”. In Latin, the word origin is “Russeolus”, meaning reddish. The dish is extremely popular in Europe, particularly Ireland and England. They are typically served in chip shops in the U.K. and are also popular dishes in Australia and New Zealand. Aussies sometimes cover them in crushed potato chips!

Looking to make rissoles?

Rissoles are fairly easy to cook up; they are similar to meatballs or a meatloaf covered in pastry dough. We’ve made this easy: we use breadcrumbs!

Combine minced beef, one (1) finely chopped onion, tomato paste and 2 Tbs. water. Season the mixture with fresh herbs, salt, and pepper. Shape the mixture into 10-12 rissoles (they should look like mini hamburgers). Brush the rissoles with oil, then cover in breadcrumbs. Add them to a pre-heated pan and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes on each side. They can also be baked in the oven.

This recipe is a terrific American take on a rissole: Meatballs and Cabbage

What kind of meatloaf or meatball recipe do you make that is similar to a rissole? Had you heard of these before? Let me know in the COMMENTS!

Until tomorrow,


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  • Jaybird

    Hey, would you mind choosing some more challenging words? Us foodies need a challenge. Love this post though.

  • Roberta

    I don’t know how to pronounce this word. This is a fancy blog.

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