Tuesday, August 30, 2011


I recently made a dish that brings me back to my childhood, albóndigas. I remember this being one my favorite that my mom would make for my brothers and me. the basic idea is beef meatballs broth with rice. It is a simple idea but oh so good. I decided to change up a few things, however. To begin I ground top sirloin roast and a bit of bacon. I like the way the bacon imparts its smoky, fatty flavor to the beef. To this mixture I added a combination of onions, garlic and serrano chile which I cooked down until soft. In addition I mixed in salt, pepper and a touch of cumin.

I rolled the ground meat into balls about the size of a golf ball.  Before boiling the meat balls I seared them in a cast iron skillet.  This helps them stay formed while boiling and imparts additional flavor.

I added the meatballs and pan drippings to a pot with hot water and proceeded to boil the meatballs for a few minutes.  The meatballs are all that is needed to create a great broth.  I added diced potato and continued to boil until they were cooked.  I served the albóndigas with cooked white rice and topped it off with some chopped cilantro and a squirt of lime juice.

I was happy with how the albóndigas turned out, it is something that brings me right back home every time without fail.  I still felt the need to take a warm tortilla and roll it up into a little tube to eat on the side just like I would do when I was a kid in my mom's kitchen.

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