Isicia Omentata (a kind of Roman Burger) Recipe

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Although I enjoy cooking dishes from other countries and cultures, my real interest and love is to cook the food that previous generations cooked and that might not be so popular today.
I have been lucky enough to gather together recipes from throughout the ages.
Even though my 22 Roman recipes are nearly 2000 years old, you might be surprised to discover that things haven’t changed all that much.
As a good example, here is the recipe for Isicia Omentata, which is basically an Ancient Roman burger!
Caroenum - very sweet cooking wine, reduced to one-third its volume by boiling, and mixed with honey.
Liquamen - a Roman fish sauce. (This fish sauce was VERY important to the Romans!)

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Servings: 4


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  • 500g minced meat (Beef, pork – chicken can be a little dry)
  • 1 French roll, soaked in white wine
  • ½ teaspoonful freshly ground pepper
  • 50ml Liquamen (can be replaced by ½ teaspoonful salt and a little white wine)
  • Some stone-pine kernels and green peppercorns
  • A little Caroenum
  • Baking foil


  1. Mix minced meat with the soaked French roll.
  2. Ground spices and mix into the meat.
  3. Form small burgers and put pine kernels and peppercorns into them.
  4. Put them into baking foil and grill them together with Caroenum.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 9g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 26  
Calories from Fat 4 15%
Total Fat 0.41g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.09g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 58mg 2%
Potassium 11mg 0%
Total Carbs 4.77g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 0.03g 0%
Protein 0.82g 1%
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  • Julie
    January 29, 2014
    I haven't tried this yet, but I can't wait to cook it up and cast myself back to the Roman Empire for a night. Just questioning whether Korean or any other Asian fish sauce could be substituted for the Liquamen. And, do you make the Caroenum or can you buy it?

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