- 2 slices white bread (crusts removed), broken into pieces
- scant 2/3 cup whole milk
- 2 1/4 cups finely minced (ground) beef (or a mixture of meats, such as pork, chicken or turkey)
- 1/2 cup meat pâté
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Plain, all-purpose flour, for dusting
- Olive oil, for frying
- 1 tbsp + 2 tsp butter
- A drizzle of olive oil
- 1 bunch spring onions (scallions), finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 1 heaped cup button or oyster mushrooms, finely chopped
- 3 1/2 tbsp plain (all-purpose) flour
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 2 cups beef, chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp finely chopped rosemary
- 1/2 cup double (heavy) cream
- 2 black truffles
Place the bread in a bowl and pour over the milk. Set aside to soak.
In a separate bowl, mix together the meat and the pâté. Add the soaked bread and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix until smooth and well combined. Form meatballs by rolling walnut-sized pieces of the mixture between your hands. They should be about 1oz each. Dust the meatballs in flour.
Heat some oil in a shallow pan over a medium-high heat and fry the meatballs just until they are golden. Do not overcook at this stage as we are going to finish them in the sauce. Set aside.
To make the sauce, heat the butter and olive oil in a pan over a medium-low heat and add the finely chopped spring onions, carrot and mushrooms. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the onion is transparent. Reduce the temperature to low and add the flour to the pan, stirring with a wooden spoon to make a roux. Cook for about 4 minutes and then add the wine, continuing to stir until you get a paste and the alcohol has evaporated, then add the stock with the salt and rosemary. Keep stirring and cooking until the sauce thickens, then add the cream, stirring so that the mixture doesn’t split or curdle. Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Grate the truffles into the sauce and serve immediately as the truffles lose their aroma quickly. Serves 4.
About this recipe
“Truffles are delicate in flavor and aroma. Spain is one of the biggest producers of black truffles in Europe, supplying top restaurants all over the world. You can get them in brine in supermarkets these days, which is handy.” – Omar Allibhoy
Recipes and excerpts used with permission from Spanish Made Simple by Omar Allibhoy, photos by Martin Poole.