I had Albóndigas for lunch; it´s a very traditional spanish dish that is eaten with potatoes or rice or otherwise as a tapa (there will be posts about tapas soon;) ). You get it in every spanish restaurant, it´s a very delicious basic like jamon serrano or spanish tortilla. Albóndigas are mainly made from ground meat (=> meatballs), tomato sauce, onion and garlic. Of course there are also some typical spanish seasonings and ingredients. A spanish friend of my mother told me a trick how to make better Albóndigas: In her family, they used to add some ground almonds to the meatballs. I tried it and it optimized the meatballs´ taste!
Here´s the recipe:
Ingredients (serves 2-3):
500 g ground meat (choose the meat you like)
1 teasp. spicy paprica powder
2 bay leafs (fresh ones are great if you have a bay tree in your garden, but I used dried bay leafs from the grocery store)
1 minced onion
1 tbsp. olive oil
salt & pepper
500 g canned tomatoes
1 bunch mint, chopped (fresh if possible)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 bunch parsley, chopped
6 tbsp ground almonds
1. Mix the ground meat with the mint, 1 teasp. salt, some pepper, the almonds and the eggs and form small meatballs (bite-big).
2. Heat the onions, the bay leafs and the garlic with the olive oil and fry the meatballs until they´re done.
3. Deglaze it with the canned tomatoes. Let it boil on low heat for 10 mins.
4. Salt to taste and season with pepper and parsley.
Eat the Albóndigas with rice, potatoes, bread or noodles and enjoy your meal!