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Albondigas con Salsa de Almendras – Spanish Tapas Meatballs

Albondigas con Salsa de Almendras, or Spanish Tapas Meatballs in Almond Sauce is a traditional Spanish recipe.  It frequently appears on Spanish Tapas menus, which include an assortment of small appetizer portions of dishes meant to be shared (see more receipts below). A sauce made with almonds probably isn’t the first thing that comes to …

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Chiftele – Romanian Meatballs

These traditional Romanian meatballs, called chiftele, are pretty unique, as well as being absolutely delicious. Most cuisines have their own version of ground meat rolled into a ball, but there are many regional differences in meatballs The ingredients and the spices in meatballs are a great indicator of the flavors that dominate a region’s cuisine. …

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Albondigas en Chipotle – Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce

Albondigas en Chipotle or Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce, are a favorite comfort food in Mexico. This version is a recipe adapted from a friend in Mexico, who makes them at the request of her family at least once a month. The recipe combines rice along with equal parts of beef and pork to form the …

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Perfect Italian Meatballs

 Italian Meatballs – there’s really nothing more delicious and homey than a plate full of spaghetti topped with homemade meatballs and sauce. We’ve been making meatballs this way for years, inspired by the secret recipe of a family of Italian chefs we met in San Diego. Of course, we’ve made our own modifications over time. …

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Traditional Romanian Food – What to Eat in Bucharest

If you are traveling to Bucharest and looking for traditional Romanian food, you will quickly find that Bucharest is home to tons of restaurants serving some of the country’s finest Romanian cuisine. Bucharest is filled with so many pleasant surprises. It is a beautiful city, once nicknamed the “little Paris of the east” due to …

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Romanian White Bean Dip – Fasole Batuta

Romanian White bean dip (Fasole Batuta) is a frequent part of a traditional appetizer platter. Romanians love their platters to be piled high with cold cuts, rustic meatballs (chiftele), assorted cheeses and often several kinds of dips or spreads.  White Bean dip, along with a simple spread featuring eggplant (salata de vinete), and a colorful …

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Salata de Vinete – Romanian Eggplant Dip

Salate de Vinete, a Romanian eggplant dip, is a very simple traditional Romania dish. It is similar to the Middle Eastern dish, Baba Ghanoush, but without tahini (toasted sesame seed paste).  Our version of Romanian Eggplant Dip also includes green onions for a little extra color and flavor.  Salate de Vinete (or Aubergine dip) is …

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Romanian White Cabbage Salad – Salatǎ de Varzǎ

Traditional Romanian cuisine is particularly known for its meaty dishes. Roasted pork knuckle, a variety of sausages, cabbages stuffed with pork, or savory meatballs (chiftale) are on the top of the menu.  Alongside such dishes are often very simple salads, which are meant to offset the heavy entrées. Romanian White Cabbage Salad (Salatǎ de Varzǎ) …

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