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Albondigas (Cuban meatballs)

When you think about the meatballs, you surely think about something Italian mixed with pasta. However, Cubans have their own version of the meatball (albondiga). This is a great recipe that fits perfectly with white rice. Bon Appetite!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1⁄2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup grated bread or ground crackers
  • 1⁄4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 1⁄2 cup green onion, chopped fine flour (for rolling meatballs in)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (for frying meatballs)

Sauce:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1⁄2green pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, mashed
  • 1⁄3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix eggs, cracker crumbs, and milk together. Blend in the ground beef and all remaining ingredients.

Form mixture into large balls(6-8). Roll in flour to lightly coat and sauté in olive oil until cooked through, remove and set a side while making the sauce in the same pan.

To make sauce, sauté onion and green pepper in the remaining olive oil(add a tablespoon more if necessary) until translucent. Add mashed garlic during the last minute or two of frying. Drain thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Now add the meatballs back into the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for about 30 minutes.

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