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Albondigas (Spanish Meatballs)

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Serves 6

Hearty, flavorful and incredibly easy to prepare.


3/4 lb ground pork
3/4 lb ground beef
1 cup dry bread crumbs
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Salt, to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
1 cup dry white wine
3 cups plum tomatoes, crushed
Ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the pork, beef, bread crumbs, 4 garlic cloves, parsley, ground coriander, nutmeg, cumin, cayenne, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper.
  3. Form into (32) 1-inch meatballs and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and reserve.
  4. Heat olive oil in a skillet.
  5. Add the onions and the remaining 2 garlic cloves and saute for 7 minutes, until soft. Add the wine and the tomatoes and simmer slowly 15 minutes.
  6. Add the meatballs, 1/2 tsp. salt, and pepper and continue to simmer slowly 10 minutes. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
Course: Dinner, appetizer
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