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recipe for authentic albondigas

alex May 18, 2006 11:04 PM


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    Nancy Berry May 19, 2006 08:37 PM

    There is a delicious recipe for Sopa de Albondigas at the SF Chronicle's website. Here's the link -- you'll have to scroll down a bit -- it's the third to the last recipe:

    Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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    1. re: Nancy Berry
      paulj May 19, 2006 10:12 PM

      That article stresses the small size and mint flavoring of the Mexican albondigas.

      The article supports the observation in SciFi series from the 1990s, Babylon 5, that:
      "In the Babylon 5 universe, every intelligent species in the galaxy has, apparently on its own, developed the food that we call Swedish meatballs. Each species has a different name for it (the Narn call it "breen"). This is reminiscent of a phenomenon reported in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: every intelligent race has a drink called "gin and tonic" - but only the name is the same, and the actual drink is unique to each species. "

      1. re: Nancy Berry
        susancinsf May 20, 2006 01:37 AM

        Thanks for the reminder that I have to try this recipe soon!

        however, it is telling (and sad but all too true) that the list of places to eat meatballs in SF doesn't list any Mexican places! (well, unless one counts meatballs 'Moroccan' style, in tomato sauce rather than in soup, at Tamal). (and yes, of course I am trolling here, so if I am wrong and there are good places in SF proper that regularly have sopa de albondigas on the menu, *please* post on the SF Board!! :-))

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        oakjoan May 19, 2006 06:17 PM

        I have D. Kennedy's recipe - with rice in meatballs and mint. It's certainly authentic - doubtless one of many. If you're interested, I'll post it tonight.

        I LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE Albondigas. A restaurant near my house when I lived in LA had great albondigas. Haven't found one up here in the Bay Area yet. Make my own using DK's recipe but not often enough.

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          paulj May 19, 2006 12:40 AM

          Which country's version do you want? Albondigas is just the Spanish word for meatballs (the 'al' part suggests term is of Arabic origin). They are popular throughout Latin America, and possibly Spain itself.


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          1. re: paulj
            alex May 19, 2006 10:50 AM

            mexico please....actually id be intrested in the variations.

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              paulj May 19, 2006 03:28 PM

              Here's a Spanish version that I'd expect to see on a tapas menu:

              Here's another Spanish version, with claim that name derives from an Arabic word for hazelnuts.

              The best known Mexican version is served in a soup, as in
              The soup ones seem to be simple, using rice as filler, and flavored with cumin and oregano

              Here's the widely available canned version:

              Here's a more highly spiced mexican version


            2. re: paulj
              butterfly May 19, 2006 05:11 PM

              Just a little correction... albóndigas can also be made from fish.

              philological digression: The word comes from Greek--via Arabic--for póntica (an area around the Black Sea/also the name of a nut).

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                paulj May 19, 2006 09:00 PM

                In fact the only albondigas recipe I find in Rick Bayless's original book (Authentic Mexican) uses shrimp.

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                  susancinsf May 20, 2006 01:43 AM

                  I've had wonderful albondigas de camarones at a restaurant in La Paz, Baja....still dream about those, even though the meat ones are my first love....

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