Sour meatball soup…or ”Ciorba de perisoare’

 

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Sour meatball soup…or ”Ciorba de perisoare”

Prep Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: romanian
Keyword: bread dough, meatballs soup, soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pound grounded meat

    (mixed beef and pork)

  • 1 pound beef (or veal) with bones

  • 2 small onions
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 tablespoon rice
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 parsley root
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1 parsnip root
  • 3-4 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2-3 tablespoons vinegar

  • 1 bunch of lovage leaves (or parsley leaves)

Instructions

  • Bring to boil  6 cups of water in a pot.

  • Finely slice: 1 onion, the parsley, the parsnip and the carrots and put them in the water.  Add the beef (or veal) meat.

  • In the mean time soak the bread in water then squeeze it. Mash the bread with a fork.

  • Mix the ground meat with the other finely chopped onion, the mashed bread and the rice, and season with salt and ground black pepper. For a more tender meat composition add 2-3 tablespoons of water.

  • Make small meat balls rolling them with wet hands.

  • When the vegetables become tender put the meat balls in the boiling water. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes.

  • When the soup is almost done the meatballs are coming to the surface as the soup simmers.

  • Add the tomato paste and stir.

  • Finely chop the lovage and add it to the soup, and then season with salt and vinegar. If you do not have lovage, you can use fresh parsley leaves instead.

  • The soup is delicious served with a bit of sour cream, and a hot pepper on the side.

Notes

 Ideal serving with sour cream and  chili pepper.  I guarantee you will like it!
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