Olive Stuffed Meatballs

There’s nothing “olive” more than tapas 🥘 {ad}⁣⁣
For most of my life, loving olives didn’t come naturally 🙅🏼‍♀️ I really wanted to be one of those classy people nibbling on them at dinner parties but couldn’t get on board with the flavour 🤷🏼‍♀️⁣
Until I had my first Spanish Manzanilla olive @olivesfromspainuk 😱 AB. SOLUTE. GAME-CHANGER.⁣
I was then lucky enough to try vegan meatballs stuffed with Spanish olives from our local tapas restaurant and loved the saltiness they added so decided to recreate them 🤤 ⁣

Spanish meatballs aka albóndigas are said to have originated in Spain at a time when Islamic influence dominated SW Europe. They’re generally served as a tapas dish.⁣


I veganised this recipe from @where_ismy_spoon 🥄⁣⁣
🥘Spanish meatballs⁣⁣
🌱 20-30 chopped Spanish Manzanilla olives (I opted for 30 for max flavour)⁣⁣
🌱 500g vegan mince⁣⁣
🌱 2 garlic cloves⁣⁣
🌱 1 flax egg (mix 1 tbsp ground flaxseed w/ 3 tbsp water. Mix and let thicken in fridge for 15 mins)⁣⁣
🌱 2.5 tbsp dried breadcrumbs⁣⁣
🌱 2 tbsp chopped parsley⁣⁣
🌱 3/4 tsp sweet paprika⁣⁣
🌱 1/4 tsp smoked paprika⁣⁣
🌱 1/4 tsp hot paprika⁣⁣
🌱 1 tsp salt⁣⁣
🌱 1/4 tsp black pepper⁣⁣
🌱 1 tsp olive oil⁣⁣
🍅 Tomato sauce⁣⁣
🌱 1 medium onion⁣⁣
🌱 2 tbsp olive oil⁣⁣
🌱 3 garlic cloves⁣⁣
🌱 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
🌱 1 tsp dried oregano⁣⁣
🌱 2 bay leaves⁣⁣
🌱 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper⁣⁣
🌱 2 tbsp chopped parsley⁣⁣
🌱 salt & pepper⁣⁣
🌱 Place olives, mince, grated garlic, flax egg, breadcrumbs, parsley, sweet, smoked & hot paprika, salt & pepper in a bowl. Mix with your hands. Form 30 small meatballs⁣⁣
🌱 Heat oil in a large skillet. Fry meatballs (in two batches if necessary) until brown on all sides (5 mins). Take meatballs out, set aside⁣
🍅 Tomato sauce:⁣⁣
🌱 Finely chop onion. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in the same skillet. Cook until translucent. Add chopped garlic, stir for 1 min⁣⁣
🌱 Add canned tomatoes, oregano, bay leaves, cayenne pepper & parsley and salt & pepper to taste. Stir well, bring to a boil. Simmer on medium-low for 20 mins⁣⁣
🌱 Add meatballs, heat for 5 mins. Serve! 💰See comments for charity donation details
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