La Tomatina Festival

La Tomatina is held each year in Spain in the month of August. This food fight festival includes people throwing more than a hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes at each other. People participate in the paella cooking competition, a night before the tomato fight. The first event of La Tomatina first begins at 11:00 am. The festival is accompanied by music, dance, parades and lots of fireworks. Hope you liked my last recipe from Spain, the great Spanish Omelette. So let’s prepare a recipe rich in tomatoes to celebrate La Tomatina to the fullest. Today I’ll be preparing Meatballs with Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce that takes only 30 minutes and forms a great appetizer (dry) or main course (gravy). You can also prepare veggie balls with cheese and vegetables. The main course can be served with spaghetti or rice.

Meatballs with Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce

Meatballs with Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce
Meatballs with Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce

For Meatballs:-

1 egg,

1/4 teaspoon Pepper,

500 grams ground Beef,

1/2 teaspoon Garlic salt,

4 medium Green onions,

1/4 cup unseasoned Dry bread crumbs.

Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce
Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce

For the Tomato Sauce:-

1/2 cup Water,

2 tablespoons Wine vinegar,

3/4 cup chopped dried Cherries,

1 Handful chopped fresh Chives,

25.5 oz fire roasted Tomato pasta sauce.

1. Preheat the oven to 400 D. F. Mix meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Shape into 25 (1 1/2 Inches) meatballs. Place on an ungreased pan.

2. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. You can check this with the help of tooth-prick, the meat must not stick to it.

3. Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, heat all sauce ingredients except chives. Boil it, stir occasionally. Reduce the heat. Stir in meatballs. Sprinkle with chives. Serve hot!

Tomatina Festival, Bunol, Spain
Tomatina Festival, Bunol, Spain

Enjoy La Tomatina Festival!


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