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6 Maltese Foods to Try this Autumn

October is the perfect month for indulging in some proper Maltese comfort food (well, any time of the year is a good time to talk indulgence, but we’re using autumn cosiness as a little excuse today). As any proud Maltese person will tell you, there’s nothing quite like digging in to a hot plate of grandma’s bragioli after a long day, or if it’s raining and cold outside.

1. Bragioli

Bragioli are basically beef rolls, or more specifically, well-seasoned mince meat wrapped in more meat and served with a satisfying red wine and tomato sauce. Yum – you’re going to want to wear your Joey Tribbiani comfy pants for this one.

2. Timpana

Love pasta? Of course you do. Enjoy biting into a piping hot piece of pie? Well, duh. How about a traditional Maltese pasta-pie, with a meat and tomato sauce and more carbs than you care to think about? Timpana is a typical Maltese dish made with rigatoni mixed into a bolognese-style meat sauce, and packed into a beautiful, flaky crust.

3. Ross il-Forn

While we’re on the topic of pasta-based goodness, we need to say a few words about Ross il-Forn. This one is a rice dish made with a similar sauce to the one in Timpana, but topped with a golden layer of cheese on top.

Foodxperimenting 🍽 #rossilforn #bakedrice #experimenting #mumsrecipe

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4. Brodu tat-Tigieg

This is Malta’s answer to the classic chicken noodle soup! Hearty, healthy, and the perfect remedy to most of life’s woes, brodu is all you need on a quiet afternoon. Every household has its own way of making this chicken soup, so things might look a little different from one bowl to another!

Tonight I have made Maltese chicken soup or "Brodu tat tigiega" Every culture seems to have its version of a chicken soup, this one comprises #onion #celery #carrot #potato #tomato, a whole #chicken or chicken pieces with skin on and rice or small #pasta shapes. Served also with a squeeze of #lemon. Perfect for sniffly kids and adults alike it really is a wonder soup in anyone's language. As is typical for a Maltese meal it is a two in one dish where the meat is cooked in the soup and taken out and eaten after the soup as a separate meal. My parents traditionally served the chicken pieces straight out of the soup with a squeeze of lemon as the second meal. You may wish to use chicken drumsticks in the soup and fry and serve them crumbed as the second meal very enticing for kids. #chickensoup #brodutattigiega #soulfood #healthy #soup #malta #gozo #maltese #gozitan #classic #comfortfood #mediterranean #maltesecooking #maltesemeal #maltesemeals

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5. Stuffat tal-Fenek

Two words: Rabbit. Stew. The perfect rabbit stew is left to simmer for a while in a robust sauce made with carrots, potatoes, herbs, and a generous splash of red wine, to name just a few of the main ingredients. Oh, and it’s particularly tasty if you eat it with spaghetti.

Rabbit is served #rabbitstew #stuffattalfenek fenek #maltesestyle 🇲🇹 #kinnie

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6. Kapunata

You can enjoy kapunata all year around, but there’s something particularly special about this vegetarian dish when the weather cools down. You can eat kapunata warm or cold, but one thing you definitely need to have on your table is a fresh loaf of Maltese bread to eat it with.

4 comments

      1. Many thanks. My mum and Aunty used to make it at get togethers all the time. They have both passed away and I never got the exact recipe for it as well as the other recipes. It will bring back favourable memories. 🙂

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