Smoky Meatballs in Serrano Ham-Tomato Sauce

  • bostonsmaman Posted: 12/15/08
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    We really liked this recipe! The meatballs have a unique flavor from the smoked paprika (which I got at TJ Maxx of all places). Extra lean ground beef tends to be dry, but by braising them in the sauce they were like tender pillows. The sauce was nice, but hubby wanted it to have a saucier consistency, so for leftovers we added some tomato puree. The manchego added no appreciable flavor, but it might be nice mixed into the meatball mixture. This dish was colorful, warm, and hit the spot during the poultry-ladden holidays!

  • karenfar Posted: 01/12/09
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    This is a GREAT recipe! A little time consuming and a lot of ingredients but worth the effort. The sauce is fantastic and the combination of everything makes for a wonderful meal.

  • ShellyV Posted: 01/20/09
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    I had high hopes with this recipe. It was fun to make...lots of flavorful ingredients, however I think there are better recipes to try. The sauce didn't work very much with the fettuccine noodles...perhaps a texture/consistency issue. I substituted prosciutto and aged parmesan...doubt serrano ham and aged manchego would have changed my rating.

  • HungryHippo Posted: 02/01/09
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    I thought this dish was excellent. It was a nice change from the regular spaghetti and meatballs. The flavor from the smoked paprika is amazing and marries well with the red peppers. I just had it for lunch and would say its even better the next day. I used an 8-month aged manchego cheese which added another level of pungency to the dish--i used more than what the recipe called for which probably helped it to have more of an overall effect.

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