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Meatballs in almond sauce (Albóndigas en salsa con picada de almendras - Catalonia) from The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden

  • saffron
  • white bread
  • garlic
  • lemons
  • parsley
  • ground pork
  • chicken stock
  • fruity white wine
  • blanched almonds

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    Can substitute ground veal for ground pork, and water plus bouillon for chicken stock.

  • raybun on September 04, 2016

    A delicious meal and flavour combination. I left the meatball mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up before rolling. I also oven baked the meatballs rather than frying them before adding to the delicious picada. I served this with linguine.

  • Emily Hope on November 25, 2013

    These meatballs were really delicious and a big hit with the family--the sauce is fantastic. Made a double recipe and, rather than frying the meatballs before putting them in the sauce, I broiled them until browned (saves the splatter). A bit time-consuming for a weeknight, but definitely worth the effort. Served over white rice (seemed like a good match to us), though I imagine they'd also be good with some bread on the side as well. With an arugula/persimmon/pomegranate salad.

  • L.Nightshade on August 01, 2012

    I made this dish all in one pan. It probably took a bit longer that way, as each element had to be done in sequence, but I only had one pan to clean! I used pork for the meatballs. While they looked and tasted great, the texture was off for us. I think it might have been because of the bread I used. I had forgotten I needed bread, so I used a chunk of leftover ciabatta for the picada, and a rather mooshy hamburger bun for the meatballs. Since the meatballs were a bit too squishy for us, I attribute that to the bread. Loved the sauce, however. I used duck stock, otherwise as written. My sauce became very think in the prescribed cooking time, and I did add a bit of water. I didn't serve them with bread or noodles, and didn't miss them. I'd love to try this sauce on other meats also. Actually, it would be good on most anything!

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