Meatballs in Sofrito Sauce

"Sofrito is a rich sautéed mixture that makes for a great tomato sauce. It is used in many Puerto Rican dishes. Use a lean ground beef—but not the leanest—so that the meatballs will be tender."
 
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  • To prepare Sofrito Sauce, heat oil in a medium saucepan. Add onion, pepper and garlic. Sauté until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a blender or food processor. Add tomatoes, water and cilantro. Blend or process until smooth. Add salt and pepper.
  • To prepare meatballs, combine beef, olives, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well. Form mixture into 30 (1-inch) meatballs. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs and cook until browned on all sides. Drain off fat.
  • Add sofrito sauce to skillet. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until meatballs are thoroughly cooked, about 15 minutes; uncover the last 5 minutes of cooking, if necessary, to thicken sauce. Transfer meatballs and sauce to a serving dish or individual shot glasses.
  • To prepare Gremolata, combine lime rind, cilantro and garlic; mix well. Sprinkle over meatballs and serve.
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    Sofrito is a rich sautéed mixture that makes for a great tomato sauce. It is used in many Puerto Rican dishes. Use a lean ground beef—but not the leanest—so that the meatballs will be tender.
     
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