Purcedduzzi Leccesi


Since it’s Christmas the first recipe I wanna show you is this typical Christmas dish called Purcedduzzi…I’ve thought about how to translate this name into English and after days I’ve reached the conclusion that there is no word that can convey the meaning and feeling carried by this Lecce dialect word. That’s why I’ve decided to leave the word as is and just explain what it means to you. Litterally Purcedduzzi means little pigs! Its name comes from the shape of this dish which actually resemble the face of little, cute, baby pigs. Purcedduzzi are small, funny, fried gnocchi with a sweet flavour and  an orange aroma, decorated with almonds (the almond tree is the most common in Puglia) and covered with honey.  According to local customs, the last Purcedduzzo should be eaten on January 17th in honor of St. Antony the Abbot, Saint and Protector  of all animals.

Ingredients (for 6 small plates):

  • 4 cups flour (500 gr): 2  1/2 cups white flour (300 g), 1  1/2 cup wheat semolina (200g)
  • 1/2 cup sugar ( 100 g sugar)
  • 50 gr oil
  • 1 lemon
  • Orange juice ( from 3 or 4 oranges, depends from how jucy they are)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup white dry wine
  • 1 mandarin
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 500 g honey
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
Heat the oil with  mandarin peel, and grated lemon and orange peel
Mix together flour, sugar, yeast, vanilla extract, oil, wine. Slowly pour in the orange jiuce.
Mix together till u get a smooth and elastic tough.
Kneat the dough into long fingers and cut them into small pieces (as big as your pinkie nail)
Fry them into hot and abundant oil till golden brown
In a pot pour honey and sugar (every 3 spoons of honey add 1 of sugar), heat it up till it melts then pour in the fried purcedduzzi and mix them up.
Place them into a plate. Decorate as you like.
I remember my grandma used to made kgs of Purcedduzzi and divide them into small  plates, then she wrapped the plates in cute Christmas paper and gave them as presents to her friends and relatives.
From a nutrional standpoint this dish is really not what you want if you are on a diet, but, since is Christmas I’m sure not a lot of you are keeping an eye on the scale, right?
A portion of Purceduzzi (about 1/4 of one of the small plates you have prepared) provides:
  • Calories 250  (calories from fat 25)
  • Total fat 3.5 g
  • Total Carbohydrates 40 g
  • Protein 2.5 g
So just eat it in moderation and enjoy:)

About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.

  • David

    Yum looks tasty

  • Merton

    It looks like a good snack for friends’ gathering and drinking!!! YUM. do you have free sample for us to eat?

  • Yvonne

    Looks cute~~~ and tasty!

  • http://expatcucina.com Daniela

    Thanks guys, glad u like it. :)

  • Sissy

    So cute gift! I want to eat it! And also want to try. But seems very difficult! I am not a good cook.

  • Fiona

    The fried dough looks like peanuts.It makes my mouth watering~~
    Maybe I will try to make it on my own. Thanks for sharing the receipe:-)

  • http://expatcucina.com Daniela

    It’s not that difficult, actually. Try it and let me know how it is ;)

  • Tori

    Thanks for recipe. It looks easy and useful. Plus,we can save a lot of money on Christmas gifts. It also has meaning and sentimental value for receivers. Good Job!

  • Tony

    Is it an Italian snack? I never saw it at any Italian restaurants but it surely looks tasty!!

    • http://expatcucina.com Daniela

      Yeah, you never saw it at any Italian restaurants cause it’s typical from the south and not really known outsite my region (puglia), but it’s really, really tasty ;)

  • Jo

    Wow! Even the dough looks awesome.. haha Nice wrapping too! :) Chef Dani~~

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    • http://expatcucina.com Daniela

      Hi Sapfy, Sure you can quote my post on ur blog, it’s a pleasure for me! :)
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  • Fra

    ma quella è la tovaglia della nostra cucina!!!

  • Lyn

    I will try this also.

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    I like this recipe. I have made it for a family gethering event and my sister asked about ingredients…Also some of my costumers say that it’s very nice.Thanks

  • Francesca

    I like your Website very much ,thank you for your lovely recipe’s
    The name Purcheduzzi is in the Pugliese dialect in real Italian they are called Strufoli and they are in the Christmas menu
    Good work on your website

    • http://expatcucina.com Daniela

      Thank you! Yeah I decided to call them with their Pugliese dialect name, which is how I’ve always called them since I was a little kid.
      Glad you like the website :)

  • Francesca