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How to Make Sicilian Fried Dough Balls! Hilah Cooking

How to Make Sicilian Fried Dough Balls! Hilah Cooking
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Making Sicilian fried dough balls is a Christmas tradition with my friend Mel's Italian family. She shows me how to make the dough and the stuffed fried dough balls in this episode! New cooking videos every Thursday! Subscribe to be notified when I release a new video!:
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For part 8 of my Christmas Around the World series, my friend Mel came over to show me how her Italian family made these Sicilian fried dough balls, or just “dough balls” as Mel refers to them. She tells happy stories about the whole family participating in the dough ball fiesta on Christmas Eve every year. Mom and dad would make the dough, and she and her brother would roll and stuff the balls. As soon as they were rolled, they’d go into the fryer and as soon as they were cooked, they’d be snatched up and eaten as fast as possible. The dough recipe actually comes from her dad’s Lebanese family and is a very basic olive oil and yeast dough. Anchovies are the most traditional filling and her mom’s favorite (salt-packed, please, if you can find them) but we also used provolone, pepperoni chunks, and some dark chocolate bites for a dessert version.
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24 Responses to “How to Make Sicilian Fried Dough Balls! Hilah Cooking”

  1. Veggietorials says:

    Amazeballs! You two are so cute in your Christmasness :)

  2. Miriam Ruiz says:

    Props look great but you don’t give specific info on amounts….love you

  3. Cookies Cupcakes and Cardio says:

    I’ll have to make this for Paul…and his mom…maybe she’ll approve as
    it’s from the Mother Country.

  4. Any Blum says:

    yummiiiiiii! you are so cute! a great video ;))) best regards from germany

  5. BigMeat Sunday says:

    Don’t take this the wrong way, ( and I dont just say this to many women
    either) but you to ladies have fantastic looking balls , just sayn! LOL
    Merry Christmas !!!

  6. Crumbs Food says:

    You are a scarily cute Santa. The balls look great too. Hello, Mel!

  7. Diana DeLaFuente (Pdi161) says:

    Looks great!


  8. Ania's Kitchen says:

    I am so going to prepare it! My kids will love it! Especially the chocolate
    version :))) Thank you so much Hilah! Merry Christmas!

  9. nursevsfood says:

    Love the outfits Hilah its almost Christmas =)

  10. KaiHimotama says:

    +Hilah Cooking it sounds like your mic didn’t work this episode, Hilah :(

  11. robbiehd3 says:

    Yay im sicilian!

  12. graham cosh says:

    BALLS!! great recipe!
    you can hear the crunch on the audio track.

    • Hilah Cooking says:

      They are so delicious. It was hard editing this one because I wanted to
      make some more right away.

  13. Ariyele Ressler says:

    love you, love mel, love italy and all of its cuisines! this episode
    knocked my socks off. i’m totally late in leaving this comment, but i’ve
    been down with health flare and less active on here. big hug for a healthy
    happy new year! 

  14. Jim Cyr says:

    BALLS!! this does look yummy.

  15. Dana Andersen says:

    I love all these christmas things from around the world!!! I don’t know if
    you have already but it’d be awesome to do Danish Rice Pudding!! 

  16. The Wizard says:

    Not to detract from the balls but Mel is incredibly pretty. :D

  17. Jules Cirilo says:

    Thanks for making this video !

  18. DustinCooking says:

    Yay for balls! :)

  19. joed596 says:

    Hilah, you’re really GREAT! 🙂 I’m loving your channel more and more . .
    . you have that dry, ‘deadpan’, sarcastic humor that keeps me in stitches!

    Your recipes and videos are super! Thanks so much for your efforts, and
    wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! All best and thumbs up,
    Jersey Joe :-)

  20. JustinN86 says:

    Love this! She must become a regular in your kitchen!! You guys are so
    funny together! :D