Posts Tagged ‘Meatballs’

With the weather finally cooling down, and chilly nights, what could be better than a soup that warms you through and through? As I thought about which soup to make, this recipe came to mind as it is easy and extremely flavorful! Here is a preview of the little meatballs that are oh so tasty!

Mama mia, look at those meatballs!

Now let’s head on over to the kitchen!

83 oz. beef broth
14 oz. jar of medium hot salsa
7 oz. can of chopped green chilies
2 14.5 oz. cans of diced peeled tomatoes
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. cumin
1 lb. ground chuck
1 lb. chorizo
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 egg beaten slightly
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup corn meal
1/3 cup of fresh finely chopped basil
1/2 cup of long grain rice, uncooked

Let’s start with the broth first. In a large soup kettle add the beef broth, salsa, green chilies, tomatoes, basil, oregano, pepper and cumin. Set this to come to a boil, and when it does, reduce heat to simmer for about 20 minutes.

While this is cooking, let’s get to making the meatballs. In a bowl at the remaining ingredients, except the rice. Using your hands mix this all together until well blended. Next is shaping the meatballs. These should be small so that they are little bites in the soup. Here is a photo showing you the size to roll these little delicious gems.

The meatballs should be no bigger than a quarter

It should take you the entire cooking time of the broth to get these all shaped and ready to go. Look at these lovelies!

The finished meatballs

Turn the heat back up on the broth to medium high, and drop the meatballs in one by one. By doing this, they keep their shape and do not stick together. Then add the rice, and stir.

Meatballs added to the broth

Bring the soup to a boil, then turn down to a slow simmer and cook for an hour and a half. As this cooks the lovely aromas of this flavorful soup develop nicely!

When the soup is ready, serve it up!

Soup’s on!

Feel free to top it off with a bit of Parmesan cheese!

Check out some of my other soup recipes:
Cream of Broccoli with Mushrooms
Hot Sour Soup
Italian Wedding Soup
Sausage Artichoke Soup
Navy Bean Soup
Tortellini Soup

Now go and have a great day!

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I was looking through the clearance page on the Sur la Table website and came across what I thought was a bargain item: A meatball griller! Cost: $5.00, and with shipping about $12.00. My mouth was salivating as I hit the checkout button thinking of grilled meatballs in my spaghetti sauce!

The griller makes 12 meatballs. It took a bit of time to get the size of the meatballs right, but once I did I was on a roll! Then it was out to the grill.

The first thing I realized is that the wood handle had to rest inside the barbeque, and not only does it get hot, but the wood can burn. Not a very good design.

Grilling Up Meatballs!

The next thing that I noticed is that they do not cook evenly. If you take a good look at the next photo you will see that they are not all done the same, and no matter how you turn the darn thing, you cannot get them to cook evenly.

Meatballs Almost Done...

After pulling them out of the griller, the next issue was cleaning the darn thing. It cannot go in the dishwasher, and you do not discover it until it arrives at your house. This message is in very small print on the backside of the package. Cleaning is not a very easy task when you look at all the parts that you need to scrub.

Cleaning Up...

So, if you come across a gem like this, my suggestion: Make the meatballs and grill them without this device.

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