spanish meatballs

Spanish Meatballs with Chipotle Sour Glaze and Tomato-Saffron Sauce

Jumoke Jackson (IG: @mrfoodtastic) / Chef and Owner, Soulfull Biscuit, Brooklyn, NYC

Ingredients for Spanish Meatballs:

  • 2 slices of white or wheat bread
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 ½ lb. ground pork
  • 1 cup grated Manchego or Parmesan
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. each minced fresh garlic, ground cumin, and coriander
  • 1 tbsp. Tastic spice

Methods for Spanish Meatballs:

  1. Preheat oven to 425° with racks in middle and lowest positions. Coat two baking sheets with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine the bread and milk into a bowl, mashing together to form a paste. Add pork, Manchego, parsley, oil, egg, paprika, garlic, cumin, coriander and Tastic; mix until combined.
  3. Form pork mixture into 1-inch meatballs and transfer to prepared baking sheets. Bake meatballs until browned and cooked through, 12-15 minutes.

Ingredients for the Chipotle Sour Sauce:

  • ½ cup The Perfect Purée Chipotle Sour blend, thawed
  • 1½ cup dry sherry
  • 1 large pinch of saffron threads, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • ½ tsp. minced fresh garlic
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. chopped capers
  • Fresh parsley leaves
  • OPTIONAL: Rosemary sprigs for garnish
  • OPTIONAL: top with Your favorite hard cheese

Method for the Chipotle Sour Sauce:

  1. For the sauce, combine sherry and saffron in a bowl—heat oil in a skillet over medium.
  2. Add onions to skillet and cook until softened and starting to brown (about 6 minutes). Add garlic and cook until fragrant (1 minute).
  3. Deglaze skillet with sherry mixture and add bay leaf; reduce 1 minute. Add tomatoes and capers, season with Tastic spice, and simmer sauce over medium heat for about 5 minutes; discard bay leaf.
  4. Transfer meatballs to sauce. Apply The Perfect Purée Chipotle Sour blend as a glaze over meatballs. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  5. OPTIONAL: Garnish by skewering with rosemary sprigs or toothpick and your favorite grated hard cheese.