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Shannon Landis
 
May 16, 2018 | Shannon Landis

Spanish Style Meatball Recipe

Who doesn’t love a great meatball, especially when paired with a good wine?! I’m not talking about a bag of frozen processed meatballs, I’m talking about savory little morsels you can customize with items from your spice drawer or herb garden.

 

Cooking at a winery means the perfect wine pairing is always at the forefront when developing recipes. This recipe uses Spanish smoked paprika to
impart depth and a handful of local fresh herbs to enhance the old world style of our wines. Andis Grenache is used to deglaze the pan, a grape commonly associated with Spain and an even better wine to drink alongside this dish.

 

The best thing about meatballs is how forgiving and versatile they are; you can switch out the protein, spices, herbs or sauce to reflect the season and to pair with different wine varietals. Try pairing lamb meatballs with Andis Mourvèdre or try pairing Andis Rosè with a cranberry turkey meatball. Be sure to grab a loaf of your favorite crusty bread to sop up the savory sauce.

 

Grenache is currently featured on our tasting menu at Andis Wines. Come visit the winery and buy a bottle for $25.99 or a case and receive a 10% discount. Join our wine club and save over $7 per bottle! For more information on the benefits of joining Club Andis visit /Club/Join-Club- Andis, or better yet, come into our tasting room and visit with one of our knowledgeable and friendly team members where you can try the meatballs and Grenache together firsthand!

 

Albondigas – Spanish Meatballs
(makes about 20 – 1 oz meatballs)
 1lb Lean Ground Beef
 ⅓ cup Plain Breadcrumbs
 1 Egg
 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
 1/2 teaspoon Ground Coriander
 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
 1/4 teaspoon Red Chili Flakes
 ¾ teaspoon Salt
 Freshly Ground Black Pepper

For the tomato sauce
 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
 one large Red Onion, diced
 1 -2 Garlic Cloves, minced
 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
 A heaped teaspoon Smoked Paprika
 ⅓ cup Andis Zinfandel Wine
 1 x 400g Canned, Chopped Tomatoes
 1 x 400 Pureed Tomatoes
 2 teaspoons Brown Sugar
 3 Bay Leaves
 2 stems Fresh Oregano
 2 stems Fresh Thyme
 1 small stem Fresh Rosemary
 Salt and Pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Place all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl and mix together until
well combined. Roll into evenly sized 1oz balls and rest in the fridge to firm up
for about half an hour. (Meatballs may be frozen at this point and used at a later
date)
2. Heat the olive oil in a large based pan. Brown the meatballs on all sides, shaking
skillet so meatballs roll to brown on all sides. Remove and set aside. In the same
pan, sauté the onions until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a
further 2 minutes. Add the spices and stir through. Deglaze with the wine.
Reduce down by half. Now add the tomatoes, sugar, bay leaves and oregano,
thyme and rosemary. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Return
the meatballs back into the pan and simmer on low heat for about 20 - 25
minutes until the meatballs are cooked through and the tomato sauce has
thickened.
Meatballs and sauce may also be transferred to a Crockpot to finish simmering
on low.
3. Remove herb stems and bay leaves. Spoon meatballs into serving bowls and serve
with crusty warm bread and butter.

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