Spanish Tapas Meatballs
Servings Prep Time
30meatballs 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20minutes 30minutes
Servings Prep Time
30meatballs 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20minutes 30minutes
  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2lb mild italian sausage(casing removed)
  • 1 oniondiced finely
  • 4cloves garlicminced
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp pepper
  • 1slice white bread soaked in milk
  • 3/4cup fine bread crumbs
  • 3Tbsps dry sherry
  • 3Tbsps olive oil
  • 2cloves garlicminced
  • 3ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2cup tomato paste(or ketchup)
  • 1/2tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 1tsp fresh thyme
  • 1Tbsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix the beef and sausage thoroughly in a bowl. When meats are evenly mixed add in garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Tear bread into small pieces and mix into the meat.
  2. Use a 1 Tbsp measure and form meat mixture into evenly sized meatballs. Lay meatballs out on a tray and refrigerate 30 minutes. While meatballs are chilling prepare sauce below.
  3. Remove meatballs from fridge and roll in bread crumbs.
  4. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a skillet over medium high. Brown meatballs in hot oil in a single layer, turning them as each side browns. This will take about 5 minutes per skillet. Do not crowd them. I needed three batches based on the size of my skillet. When browned add 1 Tbsp sherry and light the sherry with a lighter. Shake pan until flames subside. Repeat browning using 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp sherry for each skillet-full.
  5. After flambéing meatballs, transfer them to the skillet with the tomato sauce and allow them to simmer over low heat while you brown remainder of meatballs. Scrape all the juices and bits in the skillet into the sauce with the last batch of meatballs.
  1. Slice tomatoes in half horizontally. Using a box grater over a bowl grate the cut side of the tomato until all the pulp and juice is in the bowl and you are left with just the skin. Discard the skins.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet. Skillet should be large enough to hold the sauce and all the meatballs at the end.
  3. Add garlic and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add tomato pulp, paste spices and sugar. Stir and simmer about 8-10-minutes. Keep skillet on a burner beside the skillet you are using to brown the meatballs. As the meatballs brown you will add them to this skillet. Allow mixture to simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes after last batch of meatballs are added.
  4. Taste sauce and adjust seasoning to taste.