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Spanish albóndigas en salsa de almendras or silky meatballs in almond sauce with saffron... A surprising meatball dinner!

Meatballs in Almond Sauce with Saffron

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories per serving 769 kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 to 20 raw meatballs
  • ½ small onion peeled
  • 2 cups chicken stock (480 ml)
  • 3,5 oz almonds (100 g)
  • 1 oz white bread (30 g)
  • 2 large garlic cloves peeled
  • a pinch saffron threads (soaked in 2 tbsp water)
  • 4 tbsp shaved almonds toasted
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • nutmeg
  • pepper
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Add the onion, garlic cloves, almonds and bread to a blender.
  2. Spanish albóndigas en salsa de almendras or silky meatballs in almond sauce with saffron... A surprising meatball dinner!
  3. Pulse the ingredients for 20 to 25 seconds until everything is chopped up finely. Pour the olive oil in a large pan, add the crumbled bread and almonds and place the pan over medium-high heat. Season with a pinch of pepper, salt and nutmeg. Stir the crumble and bake it for 5 minutes.
  4. Spanish albóndigas en salsa de almendras or silky meatballs in almond sauce with saffron...
  5. Then add the chicken stock and bay leaves.
  6. Spanish albóndigas en salsa de almendras or silky meatballs in almond sauce with saffron...
  7. Stir well and cover the pan. Bring the mixture to a good boil. Then turn the heat lower and simmer the sauce for 10 minutes. After that remove the bay leaves and pour the almond mixture in a blender (or mix the sauce using a stick mixer). Pulse for 25 seconds until the almond sauce looks pale and creamy.
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  9. Pour the sauce back into the pan. Add the meatballs and the soaked saffron and saffron water.
  10. Spanish albóndigas en salsa de almendras or silky meatballs in almond sauce with saffron...
  11. Stir well and bring the sauce and meatballs to a light simmer. Let the meatballs cook in the sauce for 20 minutes until cooked through. In the end check the seasoning of the sauce and add extra pepper, salt or nutmeg to taste if necessary.
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  13. If the sauce is too thick, add extra milk or water and cook the meatballs for 5 more minutes. Scoop the meatballs onto plates and sprinkle with the toasted shaved almonds. Serve hot.
  14. Spanish albóndigas en salsa de almendras or silky meatballs in almond sauce with saffron... A surprising meatball dinner!