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Recipe for
Catillus Ornatus
(Spiced fritters)

by Athenaeus The Partying Professors

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Roman Cookery: Ancient Recipes for Modern Kitchens.

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This is another ancestor of pasta, a modern descendant called uruq khass which hails from Iraq and consists of lettuce, onions, parsley, flour, eggs, cumin and pepper — it makes an excellent accompaniment to vegetable purees.

Original recipe:

Translation: What the Romans call catillus ornatus is made like this: wash and mash some lettuce, pour wine into a mortar and puree the lettuce. Then squeeze off the juice, knead fine wheat flour into it, let it rest for a while, than pound it vigorously. Add a little porkfilt and pepper, pound it once again, draw it out thinly, cut it into pieces, put the pieces into a strainer and fry in the hottest olive oil.


  • 1 lettuce
  • 150 ml/5floz red wine
  • 30g/l oz lard or vegetable fat
  • 300 g/10 oz spelt flour
  • Black pepper
  • olive oil for frying


  • Mash the lettuce in a blender with the red wine and vegetable fat.
  • When the lettuce is mainly juice, add the spelt flour and continue to blend until a soft dough has been made.
  • Season with plenty of black pepper.
  • Working on board sprinkled with flour, flatten the dough until it is as thin as possible. If possible, try not to use a rolling pin as this can lead to holes in the dough.
  • Dust the top of the dough with flour. Then using a pastry cutter, cut out the fritters.
  • Heat three tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the fritters, turning often so they are evenly brown on both sides. Drain the fritters on kitchen paper when cooked.
  • Grind a black pepper over the fritters before serving.
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