1 kg (2 lb 3 oz) desiree potatoes
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
2 good pinches of chilli flakes
400g (14 oz) tin tomatoes
160g (51?2 oz) minced (ground) pork
75g (21?2 oz/scant 2?3 cup)
plain (all-purpose) flour
2 free-range eggs, beaten
100g (31?2 oz/1 cup) dry breadcrumbs
olive oil for deep-frying
For the alioli
1 free-range egg yolk
½ teaspoon white wine vinegar
75ml vegetable oil
75 ml olive oil
1 garlic cloved, crushed
lemon juice to taste
1. Put the potatoes in a large pan with cold salted water and bring to the boil. When cooked through, drain and let cool. Peel and mash the potatoes. Season to taste and set aside. Keep warm.
2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a saucepan and add half of the onions. Cook over a medium heat until they start to caramelise (about 20–30 minutes), then add the garlic and a pinch of chilli flakes. Cook for another minute and then add the meat. Cook for 10 minutes and season to taste. Set aside.
3. To make the spicy tomato sauce, heat the remaining olive oil in another pan and cook the rest of the onions over a medium heat until so . Add a pinch of chilli flakes and the tomatoes and cook until reduced, with almost no juices left. Season to taste.
4. To make the alioli, whisk the egg yolks with the vinegar and some seasoning. Gradually whisk in the vegetable then olive oil in a thin steady stream, whisking all the time until you have a thick, glossy mayonnaise. Whisk in the garlic and lemon juice to taste. If too thick, whisk in 25-30ml of water. Set aside.
5. Make a ball of around 100g (3 1/2 oz) mash. Use your thumb to press a hole into the centre. Fill the cavity with the meat mixture and cover with more mash to enclose the filling. Repeat with the remaining mash and meat mixture.
6. Put the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in separate bowls. One by one, roll the balls first in the flour, then in the egg and finally in the breadcrumbs.
7. In a deep pan heat enough oil to cover 2–3 ‘bombs’ to 180°C (350°F) or until a cube of bread browns in 20 seconds. Fry the bombs until golden – use a thermometer to make sure they are hot inside. Spoon some alioli in the centre of a plate and place a bomb on top and spoon over the spicy tomato sauce. Serve hot.
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