Happy Monday! Ahhhh…last day of work then I am on vacation. I hope the day flies by! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was good. Not too busy but busy enough! Lots of stuff to do at home!
Have you ever heard of albondigas? They are meatballs prepared in a Mexican, Spanish or South American way. My way, the Mexican way is kind of like a soup and they are delicious. Albondigas are a staple in my house that get eaten up quickly! My mom would make them very basic, but I like to add spinach, potatoes, kale any kind of vegetable to pump up the nutritional value.
Aren’t those albondigas beautiful?
Ingredients for Broth
2 tbsp veg or olive oil
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large tomato, chopped
1 tsp. salt
8-10 cups beef broth
Ingredients for Albondigas
2 lbs. ground beef or 1 lb ground turkey and 1 pound ground beef ( I use turkey and beef)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped or 1 tbsp dried mint
1/4 cup white rice
1 tsp. ground cumin
To make broth:
Heat oil in large pot. Saute chopped onion until soft (about 2-3 minutes). Add minced garlic and saute for about another 2 minutes. Add chopped tomato and allow mixture to cook about another 3 minutes until tomato is also soft. Add salt and allow to cook for about another 3 minutes. Make sure everything is thoroughly mixed. Add 8-10 cups beef broth and bring to a boil then lower to a simmer.
While your broth is cooking get your albondigas ready!
To make albondigas:
In a large bowl combine ground meat, finely chopped onion, salt, finely chopped mint and rice. Make sure all ingredients are well combined. Form 1″ meatballs and drop into broth. After the albondigas ingredients are all mixed up I roll my meatballs as I drop them into the broth. Add ground cumin to broth and mix well. Allow albondigas to simmer for 30-40 minutes until rice in albondigas is well cooked. At this point you can add your choice of vegetable to raise the nutritional value and to make the albondigas a bit heartier. I added spinach to mine but another great option is kale or potatoes. Just add the veggie and simmer until those are cooked as well.
Serve and enjoy with corn tortillas and your choice of salsa.
This is the first recipe I have “written” myself through step by step. I really hope I didn’t miss anything! Feel free to make adjustments to your taste!
Have a wonderful day!