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 My mom's Ciorba

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  • Total Posts: 96
  • Joined: 3/2/2008
  • Location: Morgantown, WV
My mom's Ciorba Sun, 03/2/08 5:20 PM (permalink)
This is my Romanian mom's recipe for Ciorba, a delicious, savory, and slightly sour pork soup.

2 liters water
1 piece of bone-in beef or pork
1 carrot
1 parsnip
1 onion
3 tomatoes
all diced
salt and pepper (or whole peppercorns)
bay leaf
boil until meat is done, strain.

For the meatballs:

2lbs ground pork
some water-soaked white bread
about 2 tbsp. dried rice
I egg, beaten
1 onion, chopped
salt, pepper

form meatballs, add to ciorba, let it cook

add lemon salt to taste (you can substitute a squeeze of lemon or lime if desired)
add 1 tsp tomato paste for color


BTW - My mom, brother and I all love to garnish our bowls of this soup with thin slices of fresh jalapeno.

    • Total Posts: 96
    • Joined: 3/2/2008
    • Location: Morgantown, WV
    RE: My mom's Ciorba Mon, 03/3/08 2:55 PM (permalink)
    No takers?? It's really good soup! I add some chopped garlic and carrot in the meatballs sometimes. I love soups with a hint of sourness and my mom made this for us all the time! And she learned from my grandma when they still lived in Romania.

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      RE: My mom's Ciorba Mon, 12/29/08 4:10 AM (permalink)
      This soup looks like something I'd really enjoy...I'm going to give it a shot next weekend.
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