Spanish Meat Balls

Recipe allows the sauce to be adaptable, use regular gravy, mushroom or celery soup instead of a tomato base.

1 C walnuts or pecans, ground

1 C grated yellow cheese
1/2 C cottage cheese
1 C cracker crumbs or half bread crumbs
1 onion, chopped very fine
4 or 5 eggs
pinch or 2 or garlic salt

Mix all ingredients together. If too moist, add more cracker crumbs. If not moist enough, add more cottage cheese. Make balls about walnut size. Drop in hot olive oil and fry until brown. When they are brown, place in a casserole dish.

Sauce:

1 onion
1 can tomato soup
1 or 2 cans of hot sauce
2 tsp sugar
pinch garlic powder
pinch of chili powder or as desired
2 tsp minced bell pepper
1-2 bay leaves, whole

Simmer onion in pan used for frying balls. Add rest of the ingredients, tomato soup, hot sauce, and seasonings. Simmer for 30 minutes. Pour sauce over the meat balls. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. If sauce is made ahead, bake for 15 minutes before serving.

Note: Sauce can be not cooked and baked over meat balls in oven or partially cooked and then added to meat balls.

Submitted by Pearl Otis

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