October 21, 2009

Fried Meatballs

Fried Meatballs

Makes: 40 meatballs

Created by The MDM Team, Thursday, February 21, 2008
Get the best of both worlds with these fried meatballs. Pork, beef and a slew of other ingredients are blended together for a dish that will satisfy even the pickiest foodie.

1 1/2 lb. ground beef

1 1/2 lb. ground pork

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups plain dried breadcrumbs

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup water

2 (28 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with juice

3 chipotle peppers in adobe sauce

4 tsp. vegetable oil

2 small onions, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp. ground cumin

2 cups chicken broth

1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish
In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef and pork, eggs, breadcrumbs, 1 tsp. of salt, pepper, 2 cloves of minced garlic, and water using your hands. Form into 1-inch meatballs, and set aside on a piece of waxed paper.
Pour the diced tomatoes into the container of a blender along with the chipotle peppers. Blend until smooth, and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion; cook and stir until tender. Stir in the remaining garlic and cumin, and cook for a few minutes to release the aromas. Pour in the tomato mixture and chicken broth. Season with the remaining tsp. of salt, and mix well. Bring to a boil, and then simmer over low heat.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Add meatballs, but do not crowd them. Fry them in two batches if necessary. Cook, stirring occasionally until browned on the outside. Remove from the skillet, and place into the pot of simmering sauce. Let the meatballs simmer in the sauce for about 30 minutes.
For special occasions, serve the meatballs in a chafing dish with the sauce, and garnish with cilantro.
Additional Tips
Ready in 1 hour 10 minutes

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