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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pork Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce - Albondigas



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Folks who have followed One Perfect Bite from its inception, know that I do some unusual testing at this time of year. I tackle bookmarked recipes and untried holiday desserts in February and March because that's when I finally have time for testing and sorting through them. I also try to create a backlog of dishes that can be used when we're traveling or my family is visiting. I must be honest and tell you that I never dreamed this recipe would make it to the final cut. It was tested because our older grandsons love meatballs and I was looking for a recipe that would fill the bottomless pits we've come to call their stomachs. Bob made the first call and insisted I sit down and try them with him. Between the two of us we finished half the recipe. These are really nice. While you probably won't request them for your final meal, they make for wonderful family eating and add a little spice to an ordinary meatball dinner. The recipe was developed by Martha Stewart and I have no hesitation in recommending it to you. The heat in the recipe comes from chipotle chiles. If you use both of the recommended chiles, you will have pleasantly, but distinctively, hot meatballs. If that is more than you dare to chance, use just one. The meatballs can be made two days before serving and slowly rewarmed. They can be served over rice for a meal, but if made smaller they would also make a wonderful tapas-style appetizer. I know you'll like these. Here's the recipe.

Albondigas - Pork Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Martha Stewart

Ingredients:
1-1/2 pounds ground pork
1 medium onion, coarsely grated and squeezed firmly to remove excess liquid
1 small zucchini, coarsely grated and squeezed firmly to remove excess liquid
1 large egg
1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, with juice
1-2 chipotle chiles in adobo
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Cooked rice and chopped fresh cilantro, for serving (optional)

Directions:
1) In a medium bowl, combine pork, onion, zucchini, egg, breadcrumbs, oregano, cumin, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; mix well with a fork. Form into 16 (2-inch) balls; transfer to a plate, and place in freezer until firm, 10 to 15 minutes.
2) Meanwhile, combine tomatoes and chiles in a blender; process until smooth, and set aside.
3) Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the meatballs; cook until brown, turning often, 4 to 5 minutes; transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining oil and meatballs.
4) Reduce heat to medium-low. Add pureed sauce and return all meatballs to skillet. Cover; simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Uncover, and simmer until sauce is thickened, 5 to 10 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over rice, sprinkled with cilantro, as desired. Yield: 4 to 5 servings.

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55 comments :

Faith said...

Oh I like the fact that there is zucchini in them! My husband is a huge fan of meatballs and while I usually find them kind of blah I think I might really get into this recipe!

Ginny said...

Oh how I would love to dig into that plate! I used to make meatballs with this name, but they had rice in them.

tasteofbeirut said...

I have always wanted to make albondigas and somehow never did! Your post is motivating me now to take the step and do it! Lovely photo!

kitchen flavours said...

These look great! Everyone loves meatballs, I have yet to know anyone who doesn't! Bookmarking this, thank you for sharing, Mary! Have a lovely weekend.

carolyn bradford said...

Mary....how do you post such wonderful recipes all of the time? they all look so delicious!! I always look forward to them!!!

9jaFOODie said...

Waooooo.... This looks yum. I will definitely try out the recipe.

alison said...

very delicious and so goodlooking!yummy!

Jeannie said...

Spicy meatballs! Now that sounds good to me!

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Katerina said...

Sometimes a nice, honest, ordinary meal is what every family needs! They are exactly that Mary!

crustabakes said...

I guess sometimes recipes have a way of pleasantly surprising you. The meatballs look delicious, as of most of martha's recipes! :)

Plateful said...

Wow, brilliant picture! Loved the platter and the dish looks tempting (though we don't eat pork). Everything looks perfect!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

There is something about men and meatballs. All of my men love them. I am very lukewarm about the idea of having them, while the guys are always are most excited! I think the chipotle in these might pique my own interest! And, if my little grandson likes meatballs like his dad and Pop Pop, his Noni will be LOVING meatballs! Good to have a recipe I may like as well as them. ;)
Blessings~ Tanna

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Your first line in this post made me wonder ~ how long have you been blogging.

Thanks for all your hard work and experimenting to bring us such great recipes. Those lucky grandsons.

Fondly,
Glenda

Simply Life said...

oh that sauce sounds incredible - my husband would love it!

Clint said...

I have to agree with Tanna---meatballs are a big blip on a guy's radar screen. I love 'em but Cindy is lukewarm to 'em. I like mine with jalapenos, but yours sound good with the spiciness. Excellent post!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This sounds great Mary! I only have to pick up the pork:@)

Nisrine, Dinners and Dreams said...

Ooh, I see my meatballs in the list. Thank you!

Loving your albondigas so much!

Big Dude said...

Chipotles in adobo make most things better - these look delicious.

Kim said...

This is a good dish! Meatballs are always welcome in my house:)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Mary, These look so Yummy good! I just love using ground pork. It has so much flavor. I might just crank the heat down a little, for me. This will cetainly be on StoneGable's menu!
As always you always bring the best to the blog!
Yvonne

StephenC said...

Who doesn't like a nice meatball? The chipotle and zucchini are inspired additions.

Soumya Vineeth said...

Though I dont eat pork, Im drooling for these balls, they look so tempting!

Tasha said...

Ground pork rarely makes its way into my home, but I have a feeling we'd enjoy these. The zucchini in the meatball and the chipotle sauce certainally elevate them from your standard meatball.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Mary, your picture makes me want to have a bite of a meatball right now, and swirl the rice into the sauce! It looks so good!

Cher said...

What a great way to sneak in vegetables to a family favorite (and a great use for left over adobo sauce). It also seems like this recipe would be pretty flexible for changing out ingredients. Thank you for the inspiration.

ButterYum said...

These sound wonderful, Mary. And I have some wonderful ground pork in the freezer - will have to give them a try.

Have a great weekend,
ButterYum

Catherine said...

Another dish that is right up my alley! I know I would love this. Blessings, Catherine

Cooking Creation said...

I just recently rediscovered my love for chipotle sauce and this sounds wonderful! I will have to try it soon -- my husband will love you for this recipe :)

Kath said...

Wow! Your pork meatballs look really good, Mary! I'm curious about the freezing step....does that help to keep the meatballs more round as you cook them?

~~louise~~ said...

You always make me so hungry Mary. This time however, you have just toppled my resistance. I want a huge bowl of your meatballs ASAP!

Love the addition of zucchini. How cool is that!

Thank you so much for sharing...

Barbara said...

Well Mary, you've certainly given this an A#1 recommendation! The recipe looks marvelous, too; Martha is usually spot on.
Your presentation in the lovely dish is perfect!
But then, I've always thought your blog title matched everything I find here! :) Love visiting you.

Chiara said...

These looks delicious mary!I love meatballs !Thanks for sharing, have a lovely weekend....a hug

Brindusa said...

Clever idea to put zucchini in meat. I will use it next time when my husband asks for meatballs. Thanks.

Joanne said...

I love it when I end up pleasantly surprised by a recipe. These sound quite delicious! The smoky heat of the chipotles sounds addictive.

Bella said...

I love it when I try a recipe and end up surprised by how well it turns out. :) These sound quite good - the zucchini intrigues me as well. I tried a new meatball recipe over the holidays from Paula Deen's magazine and they were quite delicious. Everyone liked them so much at Christmas, they asked me to make them again at New Year's. Those were appetizer meatballs, though. I'll have to try these, too.

bellini valli said...

These look so flavourful Mary. They would be lovely presented in many different ways.

''Cucina di Barbara'' said...

oh my god, this is my perfect dinner!
i love it!
Have a nice evening, Barbara

Kat said...

Mary, these look great. I love the pretty plate too. If you get a chance, please stop by my blog. I am having a giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend.
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Victor said...

I'm becoming more and more of a fan of chipotle peppers. I'll give meatball a try. Thanks Mary.

JasmyneTea said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!
I'm a sucker for meatballs, and these look delicious. I think they'd go great in a meatball sandwich, which I'm going to go tackle now!

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, Thank you for your birthday wishes. You make everything I like! These meatballs look great. Thanks for the secret. I will try it when I see a recipe I would like to try. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Catherine xo

Melanie said...

That's an interesting idea to freeze the meatballs to firm them up before cooking! The meatballs look great, and this plate goes really well with the Mexican flavors!

Lucie said...

The tomato chipotle sauce sounds delicious, both with these meatballs as well as with other dishes. Thank you, Mary!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

OH my Mary your header photo makes my mouth water but these pork meatballs just sound scrumptious! Think I will try them on my crowd THIS week!
Thank you!

Kerstin said...

These sound so flavorful! I'm a big chipotle/adobo fan!

yummychunklet said...

Thank you for posting this recipe! One of the restaurants in Chicago, Nueva Leon, makes the best albondigas, but they only sell it on Tuesdays. Great post!

Angela said...

I really like all of the veggies in this recipe! It's fun to take a familiar food and do something different.

Kankana said...

This is one of my fav dish.. I love pork meat balls :)

That Girl said...

I thought I was the only person who served meatballs with rice. Glad to see I'm not alone!

My Little Space said...

I would love to try the sauce. Something different from the common flavour. Thanks again. Have a good day.
Kristy

tandysinclair.com said...

I am always looking for meatball ideas and will have to add chipotle chillies to my list of shopping I am going to give to my mom when she is in the US at the end of the year :)

Jenn said...

You had me at chipotle, Mary!! I would never demand anything, but I really really want that right now!!! :)

Danielle said...

I made these and posted about them in my "Your Recipe My Kitchen" post today. Stop by and check it out. And I apologize for the terrible picture I took of this delish dish ;)

Danielle

Becca S. said...

I finally made these tonight (as written). Excellent! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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