Spanish Meatballs with Tomato-Saffron Sauce




Motivation: Stop making boring meatballs the same way. Shake things up a bit with this twist.

Major Key: Basically you're getting a great recipe for meatballs from scratch.  You can switch the sauce to another or even your favorite store bought ones. And you can sub the pork for beef or turkey, but I like the flavor of the pork.



For the meatballs:

  • 2 slices of white or wheat bread
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 1 cup grated Manchego or Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons each minced fresh garlic, ground cumin and coriander
  • 1 tablespoons Tastic Spice Original*

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1 large pinch saffron threads, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped capers
  • Fresh parsley leaves
  • Rosemary sprigs or toothpicks, optional
  • Your favorite hard cheese, optional



1. Preheat oven to 425 with racks in middle and lowest positions.  Coat two baking sheets with nonstick spray.

2.  For the meatballs, combine bread and milk in a bowl, mashing together to form a paste.  Add pork, Manchego, parsley, oil, egg, paprika, garlic, cumin, coriander and Tastic; mix until combined.

3.  Form pork mixture into 1-inch meatballs and transfer to prepared baking sheets.  Bake meatballs until browned and cooked through, 12-15 minutes.

4.  For the sauce, combine sherry and saffron in a bowl.  Heat oil in a skillet over medium.

5.  Add onions to skillet and cook until softened and starting to brown, about 6 minutes.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.

6.  Deglaze skillet with sherry mixture and add bay leaf; reduce 1 minute.  Add tomatoes and capers, season with Tastic spice, and simmer sauce over medium heat, about 5 minutes; discard bay leaf.

7.  Transfer meatballs to sauce and keep warm until ready to serve.

8.  OPTIONAL: Garnish by skewering with rosemary sprigs or toothpick and your favorite grated hard cheese.


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