I've been making Albondigas for years, but my favorite recipe is this one which I've adopted from Rick Bayliss' "Mexican Everyday". When my husband is in a bad mood, a plate of these works everytime! —annemax
slices bacon cut in 1" pieces
dried bread crumbs. or 3/4 cup panko (I use panko)
1 1/4 pounds
fresh mint, coarsly chopped
28 oz. can diced tomatoes in juice (fire roasted best)
canned chipotle chiles in adobo, and 1-2 tablespoons of the canning sauce
In a food processor combine the bacon and 1of the garlic cloves. Process until finely chopped.
Add the eggs, bread crumbs, and 1 teaspoon salt.
Pulse to combine thoroughly, then add the pork and mint.
Pulse until everything is just combined, but not over-processed into a paste.
Form the meat into 16 two inch balls, and space them out on a 13x9" baking dish (I use a gratin pan). Bake about 15 minutes until lightly browned.
While the meatballs are cooking, combine the tomatoes, their juice, chipotles, and the canning sauce, oregano, the 2 remaining garlic cloves cut in half, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender or food processor. Process to a smooth puree.
Since I use a ceramic baking dish, I heat the puree for 2-3 minutes in the microwave so I don't break another dish.
When the meatballs are lightly browned, pour the tomato puree over them, covering them evenly. Bake until the sauce thickens about 15-20 minutes. Serve and enjoy