Albondigas Con Picada De Almendra (Meatballs in an Almond Sauce)

“SPANISH TAPAS RECIPE: The word albondigas is derived from the Arabic word al-bunduq (hazelnut) and the dish is Moorish in origin. This classic dish is from a restaurant in Granada, Spain.”
1hr 20mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, combine the pork, veal, garlic, breadcrumbs, spices, egg and season with salt and pepper. Mix by hand until the mixture is smooth and leaves the side of the bowl. Refrigerate covered for one hour.
  2. When ready to cook, roll tablespoons of the mixture into small 1-inch balls.
  3. Heat one tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan and brown half the meatballs on medium-high heat (3 minutes). Drain on paper towels.
  4. Add the remaining oil, if necessary, and brown the other half of the meat balls. Drain on paper towels. Set aside the meatballs while making the sauce.
  5. Lower the heat and add onion. Cook until golden and caramelized. Add tomato and cook for one minute. Stir in the wine, broth and add the bay leaf. Add the meatballs back to the sauce. Season with salt and pepper, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile combine parsley, garlic, 1/8 tsp salt, saffron, almonds and paprika in a blender or mini-food processor. Pulverize into a paste. Add this mixture, along with the peas, to the meatballs and cook for 15 more minutes.

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