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 Albóndigas - Meatballs in spicy tomato sauce
     For the meatballs:  1 lb minced pork
     1 lb minced veal (or beef)  3 cloves  garlic
     2 oz  breadcrumbs  1 egg
     1 teaspoon  cumin powder  1 teaspoon  ground coriander
     1 teaspoon  ground nutmeg  1 pinch cinnamon
     salt and pepper  olive oil, for frying
     For the sauce:  1 onion, chopped
     1 clove  garlic, finely chopped  1 16 oz can  chopped tomatoes
     3 to 4 teaspoons  tomato puree  ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
     4 fl oz  dry white wine  4 fl oz  chicken stock
     4 oz frozen peas (or fresh peas)  freshly-ground black pepper
     1 tablespoon  olive oil  
Albóndigas - Meatballs in spicy tomato sauce
In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients (not the olive oil) until you have a nice stiff consistency. Cover and leave in the fridge for about half an hour. When ready, make your meatballs, taking about a tablespoon of mixture for each one. Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and fry the meatballs in batches on a med-high heat. You want them nicely browned. Add more oil if necessary for each batch. Drain on some kitchen roll and keep warm.

For the sauce:
Use the same frying pan (but tip out any excess fat) to make use of the lovely meat juices that should have caramelised on the bottom. Add the oil if necessary and cook the onion until soft and translucent, then add the garlic, a few grinds of black pepper and cook for another minute or so. Make sure you don’t burn the garlic as it will taste bitter. Add the wine and increase the heat to high, let the wine boil for a minute or so to intensify the flavour. Add the can of tomatoes, the puree and the stock. Bring back to the boil then simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the peas, stir in the cayenne pepper and the meatballs and continue simmering for another 10 minutes.

Serve it up, piping hot, straight from the pan with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the sauce.
21 June, 2009 || CopyKat Recipes. Tapas, are Spanish appetizers that are wonderful to have as a meal. Lots of little dishes means you get to sample many different flavors. We modified our recipe to be beef only and they were still quite tasty. These meatballs have a wonderfully complex flavor, and you will definitely want to serve this up with fresh bread, the sauce is savory, and you won’t want to miss a drop of the sauce. This is a dish which originated with the Moors.
 Categories:  Appetizer, Beef, CopyKat Recipes, Dinner, Fried foods,side dishes, Main Dishes, Meat, Sauce, Skillet, Veal, beef, pork, stove top
 Estimated Serving:  24
 Estimated preparation time:  35 min.
 Language:  English
 Shared by:  Jilly    2010/01/19
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