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Meatballs Cuban Style

Meatballs Cuban Style

At my house we had meatballs on a bed of white rice not over spaghetti. In this recipe, the meatballs are seasoned with a combination of traditional Cuban spices – garlic powder, cumin, oregano, finely diced onions and parsley. Then they’re fried until golden, and cooked in tomato sauce with more onions and garlic.

 

If you want more down-home Cuban food try this fricase de pollo or this super easy bistec de palomilla. Delicious!

 

 

Ingredients

1 lb. Ground Beef (Chuck)

1 Medium Onion, finely diced, divided

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Garlic Powder

¼ tsp. Ground Cumin

¼ tsp. Dried Oregano

Black Pepper, to taste

1 tbsp. Parsley, divided

1 Egg, slightly beaten

¼ cup Bread Crumbs, plain

Canola Oil, for Frying

2 tbsp. Olive Oil

3-4 Garlic Cloves, minced

¼ cup White Wine

16 oz. Tomato Sauce

1 tbsp. Ketchup

1 Bay Leaf

 

 

Make the meatballs

Place the ground beef in a large bowl. Add half of the diced onions, salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper, ½ tbsp. parsley, egg and the bread crumbs.

 

Mix the ground beef with your hands until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Don’t over- work the meat, mix just enough to combine. Form the ground beef into meatballs, roughly the size of a golf ball.

 

Makes approximately 12 meatballs

 

 

Brown the meatballs

Add enough canola oil to a large, deep skillet to cover the bottom by about ¼ inch. Heat the oil over medium-high. When the oil is hot, carefully add the meatballs.

 

Fry them, turning occasionally to brown on all sides. This will take 5 minutes or so. When the meatballs are browned, remove them from the skillet to a plate or pan. Don’t worry that the meatballs are not cooked all the way through. They will finish cooking in the sauce.

 

 

Make the sauce

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat, add the remaining onions. Cook the onions for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the minced garlic and cook another 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.

 

Next, add the white wine and cook for just a minute or so, stirring and gently scrapping any bits off the bottom of the pot. Add the tomato sauce, bay leaf and ketchup, stir well to combine.

 

Add the meatballs to the sauce, stir gently. Bring the sauce to a simmer, lower the heat to medium-low to low and cover. Keep the sauce at a simmer, if it’s boiling vigorously, lower the heat a bit. Cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

Taste the sauce and add salt, if needed.

 

Sprinkle the remaining parsley on the meatballs and serve with white rice.

 

Serves 4-6

 

Meatballs Cuban Style

In this recipe meatballs are seasoned with a combination of traditional Cuban spices.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: cuban food, meatballs
Servings: 4
Calories: 526kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Ground Beef Chuck
  • 1 Medium Onion finely diced, divided
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Cumin
  • ¼ tsp. Dried Oregano
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Parsley divided
  • 1 Egg slightly beaten
  • ¼ cup Bread Crumbs plain
  • Canola Oil for Frying
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ¼ cup White Wine
  • 16 oz. Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Ketchup
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Instructions

  • Place the ground beef in a large bowl. Add half of the diced onions, salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper, ½ tbsp. parsley, egg and the bread crumbs. Mix the ground beef with your hands until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Form the ground beef into meatballs, roughly the size of a golf ball. Makes approximately 12 meatballs
  • Add enough oil to a large, deep skillet to cover the bottom by about ¼ inch. Heat the oil over medium-high. When the oil is hot, carefully add the meatballs. Fry them, turning occasionally to brown on all sides. This will take 5 minutes or so. When the meatballs are browned, remove them from the skillet to a plate or pan.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat, add the remaining onions. Cook the onions for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the minced garlic and cook another 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Next, add the white wine and cook for just a minute or so, stirring and gently scrapping any bits off the bottom of the pot. Add the tomato sauce, bay leaf and ketchup, stir well to combine.
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce, stir gently. Bring the sauce to a simmer, lower the heat to medium-low to low and cover. Cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Taste the sauce and add salt, if needed.
  • Sprinkle the remaining parsley on the meatballs and serve with white rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 1252mg | Potassium: 816mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 17.6% | Vitamin C: 18.9% | Calcium: 7.7% | Iron: 25.3%
The nutritional information above is computer generated and is only an estimate. There is no guarantee that it is accurate.This data is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only.

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