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Spanish Style Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

This recipe has been reproduced courtesy of Orce Serrano Hams -

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500g minced beef
3 - 4 cloves garlic
1 onion
1 egg (beaten)
4 tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 slices stale bread
white wine
olive oil


  • In a blender or mortar, crush 2 cloves of garlic with the parsley and mix with a dash of white wine.
  • Place this mixture in a large bowl with the mince, mix well and then leave to stand for 20 minutes.
  • Place the bread in a shallow dish and cover with the milk. Leave to soak for a few minutes
  • Add the bread, egg, salt and pepper to the mince and knead until all the ingredients are mixed together.
  • Make small balls and roll each one in flour.
  • Cook in plenty of hot oil until they turn golden brown, drain and place in a casserole dish.

For the sauce:

  • Finely chop the onion and the remaining garlic
  • Using a little oil from the meatballs, gently fry the onion and garlic until they begin to brown.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and about half a glass of white wine.
  • Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes
  • Pour the sauce over the meatballs and then place in a moderate oven for 20 - 25 minutes.

Serves: 4

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