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Spanish Meatballs with Chorizo

Spanish Meatballs with Chorizo
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If you want a meatball that is light and soft and delicious, you never brown them first, just poach them in the sauce. This not only makes the meatballs better, your sauce will be more flavorful too. If you make them small, they are great for a party appetizer!
  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • 1/2 lb lean bulk chorizo
  • 1/2 cup finely minced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Manchego cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
In a large Dutch oven or stew pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and sauté on low for about 10 minutes to caramelize.
Add the crushed tomatoes, wine, tomato paste, water, paprika, oregano, pepper, sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer, then turn down to your lowest heat. Simmer partially covered for about 1 hour.
Make the meatballs.
In a large bowl place the beef, chorizo, parsley, garlic, onion, grated cheese, salt and pepper.
In a small bowl beat the egg and add the milk and breadcrumbs. Stir to combine and pour over the meat mixture.
With very clean hands, gently combine the meat mixture until you see the chorizo and beef have blended well with the other ingredients.
When the sauce has cooked for 1 hour, make the meatballs with your hands into 1" balls and gently place in the sauce. Move the balls around gently so that they are all coated and covered with the sauce. Add a little water if needed to cover.
Simmer the meatballs for 1 hour.
I like these served with saffron rice to be more Spanish, but they also work well with polenta or pasta.
Recipe by Jane O'Riordan
Terre Rouge and Easton Wines

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