My mom's Ciorba

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Porcelina
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My mom's Ciorba - Sun, 03/2/08 5:20 PM
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This is my Romanian mom's recipe for Ciorba, a delicious, savory, and slightly sour pork soup.


2 liters water
add
1 piece of bone-in beef or pork
and
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

enjoy!

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

Porcelina
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RE: My mom's Ciorba - Mon, 03/3/08 2:55 PM
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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.

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