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Monday, January 30, 2006

BULGARIAN MEATBALL SOUP

1 lb. ground beef
6 tbsp. rice
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. dried savory
Salt & pepper
Flour
6 c. water
2 beef bouillon cubes
1/2 bunch green onions, sliced
1 lg. green bell pepper, chopped
2 med. carrots, peeled & thinly sliced
3-4 tomatoes, peeled & chopped
1-2 sm. yellow chilies, split & most seeds removed
1/2 bunch parsley, minced
1 egg
Juice of 1 lemon

Combine beef, rice, paprika and savory. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix lightly but thoroughly. Form into 1 inch balls, then roll in flour. Combine water, bouillon cubes, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, green onions, green pepper, carrots and tomatoes in large kettle. Cover, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
Add meatballs, cover and bring to boil again. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Add chiles and simmer, covered, 40 minutes or until rice is cooked. Add parsley during last 5 minutes of cooking time. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed. Just before serving, beat egg with lemon juice. Stir 1-2 tablespoons hot soup into egg mixture.

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