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Terracotta pot of Albondigas (Spanish Meatballs)

Albóndigas (Spanish Meatballs)

Jul 09, 2018Posted by Forno BravoPrint
Terracotta pot of Albondigas (Spanish Meatballs)

Albóndigas (Spanish Meatballs)

Albóndigas, pronounced "al-BOHN-dee-gahs", meaning "meatballs", are a common staple at Spanish tapas bars. Light and flavorful with a rich tomato sauce accent, these can be served with bread for dipping or as a stand-alone item.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Meat And Poultry
Cuisine Spanish



  • 1 medium onion chopped fine
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 lb ground pork
  • 2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • salt


  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can whole tomatoes
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano crumbled


  • 1/2 cup stock or wine
  • garlic cloves, fennel, saffron, or shallots optional


  • Fire your oven, and allow it to fall to a moderate temperature, roughly 400-500ºF. This dish can be cooked with a small fire, coals, or retained heat.
  • Sauté the onion and add the tomatoes and spices to make the sauce, either in your oven or on a cook top.
  • Prepare the meatballs by mixing together the ingredients and shaping the balls, keeping them fairly small (about the size of a walnut.) Use a gentle hand when forming the balls to help maintain a light and tender texture. Place them on an oiled terracotta dish, add half the sauce, and roast for 10-15 minutes.
    Uncooked meatballs and shallots in a terracotta pan
  • Serve with fresh flatbread that you can make using spare pizza dough, or as a side dish with toothpicks.
    Albondigas (meatballs) in terracotta pan next to a wood fire


Keep your dish juicy by adding some stock or wine about halfway through roasting. If your oven is too hot, you can cover the pan with foil. Remove the foil near the end to brown the top of the meatballs.
Optionally, you can add a couple of halved shallots and roast them with the meatballs for a different flavor. Or try roasted garlic, onions, saffron, or fennel.
Keyword #Albondigas #meatballs #tomato sauce #tapas

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