Poume d’oranges is a name for a meatball dish that was made in England in the 1200s.
The meatballs were formed to both resemble oranges and be sweet like them, showing the Medieval taste for combing savoury and sweet.
The meat used is ground pork, mixed with egg yolk. You form the balls by first dipping your hands in the egg white, then forming the balls with the egg white on your hand. The balls should be the size of an orange,
The meatballs are cooked by first simmering them in a broth, then they are put on skewers or spits and roasted over a fire until they brown. Then, you dip or coat the cooked meatballs in more egg white, then return to over the fire just long enough for the egg white to turn white and set, about half a minute. This layer is meant to resemble the inner white pith layer of an orange’s rind. Then you dip or coat the meatballs again, this time in egg yolk, then return to heat for about half a minute.
At this point, you then remove the meatballs from the skewers or spit, sprinkle them with sugar and serve.