Savory Jewels: Olive Ascolane

Feast on the gem of Marche cuisine with Olive Ascolane, where plump green olives are stuffed with a fragrant mixture of meats, coated in a golden breadcrumb armor, and fried to perfection. Each bite is a burst of textures, from the crunchy exterior to the soft, savory heart.

Savory Jewels: Olive Ascolane

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes 
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

Servings and Size

  • Yields: 6 servings 
  • Serving Size: 5 olives (approximately 70g total)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 210 kcal 
  • Carbohydrates: 15g 
  • Protein: 10g 
  • Fat: 12g 
  • Sodium: 590mg 
  • Fiber: 1g


  • Large green olives - 30, pitted
  • Ground beef - 100g
  • Ground pork - 100g
  • Ground chicken - 50g
  • Bread crumbs - 120g
  • Eggs - 2, beaten
  • Flour - 50g, for dusting
  • Olive oil for frying

Method of Preparation

  1. Hollow out the olives and stuff them with mixed, seasoned meats.
  2. Roll stuffed olives in flour, dip in beaten eggs, then coat in breadcrumbs.
  3. Fry in olive oil until the breadcrumbs are crisp and golden.

Culinary Tips

  • Select large, meaty olives for a generous filling.
  • Chill the stuffed olives before breading to maintain shape.
  • Serve with lemon wedges to add a zesty contrast.


  • Q: Can I use only one type of meat? A: A mix is traditional, but you can use just one for simplicity.
  • Q: Is there a vegetarian alternative? A: Try stuffing with cheese or a mix of herbs and breadcrumbs.
  • Q: How do I prevent the olives from falling apart while frying? A: Ensure they are well-coated with the breadcrumb mixture and do not overcrowd the frying pan.


Olive Ascolane is a time-honored treat that encapsulates the essence of Italian appetizers — simple ingredients transformed into an exquisite culinary delight.