Updated: Apr 21, 2020
Well, I sort of came up with this as an alternative to my Swedish meatball recipe:
this recipe is much easier to make and does not take as much time to prepare.
I have served this many times at our cabin and our friend's cabin.
I hope you like it.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium red onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
2-pound ground pork
1 cup dry panko bread crumbs
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon of ground yellow mustard
4 sprigs of fresh oregano – leaves removed from stems
6 cups of Fresh Salsa – there is a recipe on this blog for Rancho Salsa, this is what I use.
Corn tortillas or a nice baguette
Freshly grated cheese, or sliced cheese of choice
Lettuce, Onions, Peppers
Heat oven to 400° F.
In a skillet over medium-high heat place the olive oil and the onions and cook until soft. Remove from heat add garlic, jalapenos and the fresh oregano and set aside.
In a small bowl whisk together the eggs and the spices. Once the onions mixture has cooled add the onions to the eggs. The onions must be cooled you do not want to scramble the eggs.
In a large bowl place the pork and break it up with your hands. Next, add the egg mixture to pork and using hands to combine all the ingredients. Lastly, add the bread crumbs and knead the mixture. Once combined, form into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Yes, you are going to bake them.
Place in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the meatballs have started to brown and firm up.
Remove the meatballs from the oven and place them in a deep baking dish and cover with 4 cups of salsa and return to oven to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and serve with either Corn tortillas and the additional salsa or place on a baguette and cover with cheese to make a spicy meatball sub.
If serving at a dinner party as an app, I have removed the meatballs from the baking dish and placed them on toothpicks and placed them on a platter with additional salsa.