Veal Meatballs

Minibar • Los AngelesMinibar's quirky menu is organized by "this" (hearty small plates like venison with mole), "that" (more hearty items like salmon-brie strudel) and "the other" (vegetarian options such as yuca biscuits with smoked gouda). These tender, chorizo-spiked meatballs are considered "that." More Cocktail Party Recipes

6 to 8


  • 4-inch piece of chorizo, finely diced

  • 1/2 small white onion, minced

  • 1/2 cup minced bell pepper

  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

  • 2 pounds ground veal

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. In a medium skillet, cook the chorizo over moderate heat just until crisp. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook until softened. Stir in 1/4 cup of the cilantro and let cool.

  2. Gently mix the chorizo mixture with the veal and season well with salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2-inch meatballs and chill for 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 450°. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the meatballs and cook over moderately high heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer the meatballs to a platter, sprinkle with the remaining cilantro and serve.

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