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  1. Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

    September 25, 2014 by Varga László

    Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

     Ingredients ( 8 servings):

    • 400-500 g ground beefMain ingredients for Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    • 1 l beef stock
    • 2 medium onions
    • 3 medium carrots
    • 2 medium parsley roots
    • 8 cloves garlic
    • about 10 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 eggs
    • Red pepper flakes
    • 3 Romaine lettuce (you can use escarole or spinach too)Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheeseItalian Wedding Soup Recipe
    • 3 stale/dry bread slices
    • 100 ml yogurt
    • 100 g orzo pastaItalian Wedding Soup Recipe


    Preparation method:

    1. Wash the greens, remove the white, harder parts of the leaves and cut them into bigger pieces.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    2. Grate the carrots.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    3. Chop the parsley roots, Italian Wedding Soup Recipegarlic and 1 onion Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    4. In a soup pot, heat about 6 tablespoons oil over medium high heat.
    5. Add the onion, carrots and parsley root and half of the chopped garlic and saute about 5 minutes.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    6. Add the stock, bring to a boil and cook for about half an hour until the meatballs are prepared:
    7. Soak the bread slices in the yogurt for about 10 minutes, squeeze out the excessive yogurt.
    8. Grate the other onion.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    9. Combine the ground meat, soaked bread, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated onion, remaining chopped garlic,  salt and freshly ground black pepper in a bowl.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    10. Mix thoroughly, then form the mixture into 3-4 cm balls, about the size of a walnut.
    11. Spread 2 tablespoons of olive oil on the bottom of an ovenproof dish. and line up the meatballs in it.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    12. Roast int the preheated oven at 150 C for about 10-15 minutes until they get a bit of darkish red color.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    13. Add the meatballs and orzo pasta to the soup pot and cook 5 minutes.
    14. Add the greens, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes.Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
    15. Serve while still hot and grate some extra Parmesan cheese atop.

    Italian Wedding Soup RecipeItalian Wedding Soup Recipe

  2. Finnish Meatballs – Lihapullat – Recipe

    June 18, 2012 by Varga László

    Ingredients (2-3 persons):

    Meatballs – Lihapullat

    • 250 g ground beef
    • 3 slices dry bread
    • 200 g kefir which substitutes the original finnish ingredient – kermaviili
    • 1 egg
    • 1 onion
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
    • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika

    Brown sauce gravy – Ruskea kastikke

    • 1-2 tablespoon butter
    • 2-3 tablespoon flour
    • about 1/2 l beef stock
    • salt and pepper to taste


    Preparation method:

    1. Heat the oven to 225 °C
    2. In a large bowl soak the bread slices in the kefir, until it reaches a harder consistency. 
    3. Chop the onion and fry it in a pan in a bit of butter until soft, then let it cool.
    4. Add the egg, fried onions and seasonings to the bread-kefir dough.
    5. Knead the mixture thoroughly. Shape with oiled hands into balls with the size of a chestnut  and place them on a greased baking tray.
    6. Place the tray in the oven and bake the meatballs for about 15 minutes until golden.
    7. Boil the stock and keep it warm.
    8. Melt the butter in a pan and add the flour, stirring until it gets golden brown.
    9. Pour slowly over the hot stock and whisk steadily until it remains lumpless and add salt and pepper to taste.
    10. Serve the meatballs with boiled potatoes and some berry jam, I used blackberry one.

  3. Chinese New Year Recipe: Lion’s Head Meatballs

    January 28, 2012 by Varga László


    Gong Xi Fa Cai! 恭喜发财 !


    Ingredients (4 persons)


    • 10 dried black mushrooms (I used black trumpet / Craterellus cornucopioides but if tou can find some shiitake its best)
    • 4 cups chicken stock
    • 21/2 pounds fatty ground pork
    • 2 egg whites
    • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon dry wine
    • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
    • 3 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • ¾ cup chopped green onions
    • 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
    • vegetable oil
    • 1/3 cup ginger, sliced into very thin matchsticks
    • ¾ cup dry white wine
    • 1 teaspoon vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


    Preparation method:


    1. Soak the dried mushrooms in water ultil softened, then rinse.
    2. Chop the ginger and 2 green onions.
    3. Combine in a bowl the pork, egg whites, green onions, minced ginger, 3 tablespoons wine, soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sugar, sesame oil, 2 teaspoons salt and pepper, mixing thoroughly.
    4. Divide the mixture into 12 parts and shape them into large meatballs.
    5. In a deep pot, add approximately 10 cm deep palm oil and heat it up. Fry the meatballs in the oil for 3 minutes, until they are deep golden brown but still raw in the center.
    6. Chop the ginger into very thin matchsticks.
    7. In a deep pan add the soaked black mushrooms, 4 cups chicken stock, the ginger threads, the meatballs, the rest of the wine, vinegar, sugar and 1½ teaspoons salt. Simmer for approx 30 minutes.
    8. Dilute the cornstarch with a bit cold water, then add to the pot and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
    9. In the serving bowls add some Chinese cabbage leaves, then some rice or stir fried Chinese mixed vegetables, then 2-3 meatballs with some sauce and mushrooms.