Spicy Meatballs in Roasted Pepper Sauce

Recipe for savoury meatballs in creamy pepper sauce

Meatballs are an all-time favourite with many. This easy dish is very satisfying when prepared with care and good quality ingredients. The meatballs go very well as a starter and are much loved in Spain where they are served as tapas and called albóndigas. They can be prepared in advance very successfully and served with a sauce of your choice.

Time: 30 minutes

For 10 people

INGREDIENTS
(makes 16)

2 onions

2 cloves of garlic

2 red peppers

3 tbsp oil

200 ml vegetable stock

150 ml Oldenburger Culinary Cream, 18% fat

sea salt

freshly ground pepper

2 loaves of white bread

1⁄2 bunch oregano

300 g minced beef

1 egg

ground paprika

100 g Oldenburger Butter unsalted

white bread for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

Start your meal with savoury meatballs in creamy pepper sauce

Preparation
Peel onions and garlic and dice finely. Trim, wash, halve and deseed peppers. Dice half the peppers roughly and cut the other half in slices. Slice bread. Wash oregano, shake it dry and chop leaves finely.

The Pepper
Place the pepper slices under a hot grill. Roast until tender making sure sure the skin does not turn too dark or burn.

The Sauce
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pot. Add half of the diced onions, garlic as well as the roughly diced peppers to the pot and sweat them for 2 minutes. Add vegetable stock and Oldenburger Culinary Cream, cook at medium heat with lid on until vegetables are tender (about 15 minutes).

Puree sauce and pass through a sieve. Season with sea salt and pepper and keep warm.

The Meatballs
Steep small slices of bread in milk. Squeeze bread thoroughly and knead together with the finely diced pepper, remaining diced onion, garlic, minced beef, egg and chopped oregano leaves. Season with sea salt, ground pepper and ground paprika. Form mixture into 16 small balls.

Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan to a medium heat of approx. 110 °C. Then, fry the balls for approx. 7 minutes until golden brown from all sides with closed lid. At the end of the frying process, you can add a piece of Oldenburger butter. It adds a wonderful rich flavor to the meatballs.

The Final Touch
Place meatballs in small tapas dishes, pour some pepper sauce over it. Top with grilled pepper slices and scatter with oregano leaves. Serve with freshly toasted white bread.

TIPS FROM CHEF TO CHEF

01. Adding cream to a vegetable sauce greatly enhances the flavour as well as giving a smooth and shiny finish. The sauce should be kept at a warm temperature, as cooling will result in a fine skin forming which looks less pleasant.

03. If you prefer a richer, more buttery flavor, you can fry the meatballs adding butter only to the frying pan. Fry at medium temperature from all sides.

02. You can test the temperature of the oil by adding some meat. The oil has reached a temperature of 100 °C when the meat starts sizzling. If smoke starts to build, the temperature will be around 150 °C. Reduce the heat as this is too hot for frying the meatballs.