Spanish-Style Meat Balls: Albóndigas

Spanish-Style Meat Balls: Albóndigas

These Spanish Albóndigas meatballs are popular with everybody, young or old. You can make these in advance, so it's a very convenient dish when you're expecting guests.

Ingredients: 4 servings

Mixed ground beef and pork
500 g
Parsley (dried or fresh)
a handful
White wine
2-3 tablespoons
Fine panko
1/2 cup
Canned tomato
1 can
1 large
1 clove
Balsamic vinegar
2-3 tablespoons


1. Combine the ground meat, beaten egg, parsley, and panko in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, and mix together well.
2. Shape the mixture into bite-sized balls and coat with a thin layer of flour.
3. Fill a frying pan with 2-3 cm oil (not listed) and fry the meat balls over medium heat. (They don't have to be covered by the oil, just keep turning them around until evenly cooked.)
4. Transfer the fried meat balls to a plate.
5. Empty the oil from the pan and replace with olive oil (not listed). Add the thinly sliced onion, salt, a tablespoon sugar, and garlic slices. Heat the pan.
6. Cook over low-medium heat, and once the onions have browned, add the canned tomatoes and pour in the balsamic vinegar.
7. Once the tomato sauce has reduced somewhat, return the meatballs, stir everything together and simmer for 2-3 minutes. You're done! Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is a common Spanish dish. The sauce dictates the flavour of the entire dish, so feel free to play around with the ingredients until you reach the flavour that you like best.