Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooked Spanish Meatballs

2 pounds ground pork (I used ground turkey. I generally buy the $2.99 package from Trader’s Joes)

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)

1 1/2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

5 tablespoons plain dried breadcrumbs

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Coarse salt and ground pepper

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes 
(I used one 14 oz. can & some cherry tomatoes I wanted to get rid of)

Rustic bread (optional), for serving


  1. In a large bowl, combine pork, 1/4-cup onion, cumin, 1/2-teaspoon paprika, breadcrumbs, eggs, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. With a wooden spoon, gently mix to combine and, using your hands, roll into 25 meatballs (each 1 1/2 inches wide).
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil over medium-high. In 2 batches, brown meatballs on all sides, 8 minutes per batch. Transfer meatballs to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add remaining onion to skillet; cook until fragrant, 2 minutes. Transfer onion to slow cooker, along with 1-teaspoon paprika and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on low until meatballs are tender, 5 hours. Serve with rustic bread if desired.

I browned the turkey balls per the instructions. I only had 16, but then skimmed some off a few to make at least 20. I over cooked them browning them.  I think I had the heat to high.

Then instead of putting them in a slow cooker (after reading the reviews most people said just to simmer them, forget the slow cooker) I put them in my electric skillet I never used. (Bought at Macy’s several years ago) Easy!! The bottom line, they needed more seasoning. I didn’t have “hot” smoked paprika, just smoked. How hot is hot? What am I missing? Would I make this again? Maybe. I would add more spices & watch the flame since I over browned them. 

Wanted to also mention that I found this recipe when I thought I’d strained my ankle and ending up finding out I had a contusion on my right foot. I couldn’t walk. Since I couldn’t walk, I started surfing the web for slow cooker recipes thinking I could hobble into the kitchen and throw the ingredients into the slow cooker and have a great dinner.

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