After Sunday's roast ham, and a combination of ham sandwiches and salads at the start of this week, I was keen to use up what was left of our ham in a tasty leftovers supper this evening.

From what I can gather a polpettine is a small Italian meatball. I suspect this recipe from Delicious is better described as ham and white bean patties or burgers. Whatever description you feel is befitting, this recipe delivers rather tasty morsels.

It may have helped that our ham was an organic gammon joint, farmed locally and absolutely delicious. Minced in a processor with a tin of cannellini beans, garlic, onions, mustard and herbs, coated in breadcrumbs and fried, these little round hamburgers were definitely a cut above.

My children would have known this if they had tried theirs before surreptitiously engaging in cautious chat. With the ears of a parent I overheard child one whisper  "Does it have meat in it?... How you can you tell?". The other replied quietly "It's not purple. It's meat." It would appear my beetroot and halloumi burgers will live on in child two's memories for some time!  

I served our polpettine with sweetcorn and sugar snap peas and recommend them as a great way to use up leftover ham.