Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Meatball Soup

Blog's Category: USSR-era Recipes, My Staple Food
Meatball Soup

As a child, I had this soup often in my daycare. Yes, we were given real food there, not crackers or paper-like chicken nuggets or lousy hotdogs... Actually I remember quite a few treats from my daycare. Of course at that time there was zero appreciation - kids are kids, picky eaters almost all of them. Here are some of the dishes I recall - awesome fruit compote, made of variety of dry fruits. Lucky ones were getting whole pear sitting on a bottom of a glass. Or cream-of-wheat dessert - cut-up block of cream-of-wheat, cooked on milk, cooled down and topped with a delicious berry sauce. Or home-made (well, made by daycare chef) potato pierogies, yummm. Oh, my dear aunt Maria was working as a chef in my daycare and at some rare occasions I was allowed to bring couple of friends with me to the daycare kitchen... Rest in peace, my dear aunt Maria.
OK, back to 2013... So, looking at a container of store-bought ground turkey, I recalled that meatball soup which, back in Ukraine, has funny name FRIKADELKIE SOUP (try to pronounce it  :)  Simple potato soup, with a meatballs floating around, it is especially loved by children. If you have picky eater in a house - try it ... for greater fun try to stick short carrot sticks (as eyes) into each meatball and may be another piece of carrot as a mouth.

- Carrots are not mandatory here at all, use celery to replace carrots or omit carrots and celery all together.
- The best, of course, to use home-ground meat. But, as you know for this crazy life this option often is not viable, so use any kind of store bought ground meat you like.
- Fresh herbs, either dill or parsley, or both, are the must. You won't get that special fresh aroma without it.

Taste Description
There is a significant amount of meatballs in a soup, thus, you will have rich-tasting, beautiful bullion. A lot of potato, over-cooked and partially smashed, is a perfect base for this spring-flavored (hello! herbs), homey soup.

How to Serve and Store
Serve hot and then listen to slurps, that great sound track to a perfect soup.

Meatball Soup

  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and roughly diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped (optional, or replace with celery)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 tbs olive oil
  • 1-2 tbs dry onion flakes
  • fresh dill
  • fresh parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • ground black pepper
  • salt
- To make meatball mix, mix ground turkey with some salt, ground black pepper, dry onion flakes and egg. With your hands, make meatballs and place them on a wet plate (it will prevent them from sticking to the plate). For neat, evenly sized meatballs I like to use cookie dough spoon - it also speeds up a process a little bit.
- In a large pot, with olive oil, cook onion until it just starts to get some color.
- Add carrots, bay leaf and cook for a couple of minutes.
- Add potatoes, stir and add cold water to the level twice of a level of potato.
- Add salt to taste, bring to a boil and simmer until potato is cooked.
- One by one, place meatballs into a pot, bring to a boil and then simmer for at least 20 minutes. Using back of a large spoon, smash some potatoes off the pot wall.
- Check and adjust your seasoning, add fresh herbs and take soup off the heat. Done! Enjoy!


At this point, do not worry about foam, it will go away later on.

Make soup a little bit creamier by smashing some potato.

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