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Meatballs with Parsley Sauce Recipe - Albondigas con Salsa de Perejil

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Albondigas con Salsa de Perejil - Meatballs with Parsley Sauce

Albondigas con Salsa de Perejil - Recipe for Meatballs with Parsley Sauce

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This main course originates in the Balearic Islands of the Mediterranean. The bacon in these meatballs make them extra flavorful. Combine them with a rich-tasting sauce of broth, parsley and walnuts and you have a delicious main course.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6-8 Servings Main Dish


  • Meatballs:
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 lbs. lean hamburger
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup (approx) flour or bread crumbs for coating
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups virgin olive oil for frying
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 4 sprigs finely chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts


Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. Finely chop 1/4 cup parsley and the bacon. Place the hamburger meat, onion, garlic, parsley and bacon in a large mixing bowl and thoroughly mix. Form into meatballs.

Heat olive oil in a large heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Olive oil should be about 1/2 inch deep for frying. Put the flour or bread crumbs on a plate. Once oil is hot enough, coat each meatball in flour or crumbs. Fry meatballs in the frying pan a few at a time, turning them to ensure the meat is cooked through.

Remove meatballs from pan as they cook and place on a paper towel to absorb the extra oil.

Place bread crumbs, parsley and 1 cup of the bouillon into a large pot. Mix well. Turn heat on medium and add the rest of the broth and nuts. Stir, cooking for about 5 minutes.

Add the meatballs to the parsley sauce. Serve over rice or with home-fried potatoes.

This recipe can also be prepared as a tapa, and will make 10 servings.

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 4 out of 5
Meatballs a Hit..., Member kamafletcher

My 12-year old son had to prepare a ""Spanish dish"" to bring to his Spanish class buffet. We googled ""Spanish recipes"" and found this one. We had to double it so the time it took to prepare was also doubled... But we had a great time making it together and they turned out really yummy (be warned there will be flour everywhere if your 12-year-old gets that job). I would suggest a higher quantity of bacon... I found in our final product that it was hard to even taste the bacon (even w/ 8 strips!). So.... more bacon! :) Thanks for this recipe.

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