Albondigas and homemade tortillas

 Albondiga Soup (or meatball soup) is delicious, I love to add lots of vegetables to it. The meatballs can be made with any kind of meat you prefer, my favorite is chicken, and it’s what I’ve chosen for you today. 

Albondigas: 

First start a pot of water to boil, it really depends on how much chicken and vegetables you will add so measure accordingly. While the water boils, gather your ingredients. There are some vegetables you absolutely need to have, these are: tomatoes, onions, green chili, and cilantro. The rest are really up to you. I decided to add a carrot, potatoes, celery and some spinach to this one. 

  

Next you will get your chicken, preferably breasts and throw them in the food processor. (A word of wisdom: I was too lazy to dig up my food processor and used the blender. Not a good idea.) Add a clove of garlic, salt, pepper and a dash of oregano. 

  

You will also need a bit of this: 

  

It’s corn maza to make the chicken stay together, if you don’t have it, you can  add a little bit of rice to the mix. Blend it and dump the concoction into a bowl.  

  

Next, you will roll the meat into balls, you can make them whatever size you’d like, I like mine on the small side. Roll them up and dump straight into the water. While they cook cut up your veggies and throw them into the pot. Add some salt and pepper to taste and let it all simmer. Then serve and prepare yourself for an explosion of flavor.     

 

  

 

In this next part, I will show you how to make tortillas to accompany your albondigas. It’s totally optional, of course, but if you make them, you will not regret it. 

Tortillas: 

You will need that masa I showed you earlier. There are instructions on the back that you can follow or just go by feeling the dough. 

  

  

Put some masa in a bowl then add a bit of water and mix with one hand. Slowly add more water while you mix, taking care it doesn’t get too watery. If it does, just add more masa. 

  

You will need one of these, to make your life simpler. It’s a tortilla press. Line it with some cut-up platic bags. 

  

 When you have mixed the dough throughly roll it into balls. They should fit nicely in the palm of your hand. Place it on your lined press and press.

 

 

 

Peel the top liner carefully, then pick up and place the tortilla on your hand. Unlined side down, like this. Peel the other plastic off and place on a hot pan to bake. The instructions on the package say to cook for about 50 seconds on each side, so go by that. The cooked side should look a bit like this. Then serve and enjoy with your meal. Mmm.

 

  

 

 

   

 

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