Meat Ball Soup


Meat Ball Soup
This a traditional Romanian sour soup. It is made of vegetables and spiced up meat balls of ground pork, beef or chicken. Depending on its souring agent (lemon juice or sour cabbage juice) it can have slightly different flavour. After a long party night eating this soup will quickly help the hangover.
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Recipe Source: Family recipe
Serves: 8
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  • For the soup:
  • 1 onion (medium size)
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 carrot (medium size)
  • 1 green pepper
  • 3 medium-sized tomatoes or one can of diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup of risotto rice
  • 1 table-spoon of olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • the juice from two lemons
  • parsley leaves, cut small pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the meat balls:
  • ¾ pound of ground beef*
  • ½ cup of risotto rice
  • 1 teaspoon of summer savory
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  1. Directions:
  2. Cut onions, celery and grate the carrot. In a medium size pot on low heat, saute them for about 3-4 minutes with one tablespoon of olive oil. Stir continually so that the vegetables will just become soft.
  3. Pour 3-4 liters of water over the vegetables, bring the soup to boil for 20 minutes
  4. Meanwhile prepare the meat balls: put the ground beef in a bowl and mix it with half a cup of rice, summer savory. salt, pepper, egg and mix well. Make small balls of a walnut size and drop them in the boiling soup.
  5. Add the remaining rice (the other half of the cup) and boil on low heat for another 20 minutes
  6. Add the tomatoes and green pepper cut in cubes, boil for 15 more minutes.
  7. Add the lemon juice, jalapeño pepper cut in small pieces, minced garlic and salt, all to suit your taste
  8. In a small bowl mix the egg yolk with the heavy whipping cream , add a few spoons of hot soup and mix before pouring the mix in the soup. This is required to gradually bring the mix and the soup to comparable temperatures before mixing them up.
  9. Allow just a few more bubbles and the soup is ready to serve.
  10. Sprinkle with fresh-cut parsley and serve hot.
  11. Ready in: 80 minutes
You can use pork, chicken or turkey

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