Albondigas is an old favorite Mexican dish. It is done all over Mexico in many different styles. This recipe for albondigas is of the style you would find in the northwestern parts of Mexico. Albondigas is really two dishes in one, since first you have the tongue, then you cook the albondigas in the stock from the tongue. Both are good.
The Tongue for Albondigas Stock
Take a beef tongue, trim it of bone pieces and fat. In a stock pot cover the tongue with cool water and bring slowly to a simmer. Skim off the scum as it forms. Then add:
Simmer the tongue slowly until quite tender. Remove tongue from the stock, cool a bit and peel. The tongue can now be served either hot or cold. A mustard sauce or fruit sauce goes well with tongue. Strain the stock. You should have a quart or two of stock. Now make the albondigas.
Mix all of the above well and shape into balls two or three inches in diameter. Add to the slowly simmering stock along with:
Simmer the albondigas slowly for about an hour. Serve the albondigas with the stock in a flat soup bowl. Serve with warm corn tortillas, a cold beer, a bottle of Mexican hot sauce and an accompanying plate with small piles of chopped onion, dry oregano, fresh cilantro, lime quarters and salt so that the diners may season the albondigas to their taste.
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