Tapas-Style Meatballs

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READY IN: 4hrs 40mins
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

In 'Saveur's The New Comfort Food'

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Meatballs--mix together the beef, pork, bread crumbs, parsley, eggs, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl.
  2. Refrigerate for about 1 hour to chill.
  3. Pour the flour into a shallow bowl; moisten your hands with water and divide them eat mixture into 20 even portions; roll portions into meatballs.
  4. Roll each meatball in flour, shake off the excess, and transfer to a baking sheet.
  5. Heat 1/2 cup olive oil in a large skillet over med-high heat.
  6. Brown half the meatballs in the skillet, 10-12 minutes; transfer to a plate.
  7. Wipe out the skillet and repeat with the remaining oil and meatballs, leaving the oil and caramelized bits in the skillet.
  8. Sauce--heat the skillet, with reserved oil, over med-low heat.
  9. Add the garlic, onion, leeks, and bay leaf and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 12-15 minutes.
  10. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  11. Whisk in the stock and wine; increase the heat to med-high, and bring to a boil while whisking constantly.
  12. Decrease heat to med-low and simmer until thickened, 12-14 minutes.
  13. Let cool and discard the bay leaf.
  14. Puree the sauce in a blender in batches.
  15. Return the sauce to the skillet along with the meatballs and bring to a boil over med-high.
  16. Reduce the heat to med-low and simmer until the sauce is thickened and the meatballs are cooked through, 16-18 minutes.
  17. Season with salt and pepper.
  18. Divide between 6-inch or 7-inch cazuelas (earthenware dishes) or bowls to serve.

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