Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mexican Meatball Soup #recipe @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: There comes a time during the holiday season when you cannot eat one more cookie. No more sugar, no more chocolate, and definitely no more turkey. I'm not there yet, but I know I will be!

This dish is perfect for the overindulged, because it’s full of holiday color, but warm and slightly spicy instead of sweet. It’s not fatty either because you bake the meatballs ahead of time. You could serve it with cornbread or biscuits and a green salad and easily call it dinner! If you don’t do a big Christmas Eve dinner, this could do the trick for that night too. And hey, speaking of celebrations, this would do nicely for a post-book launch supper too! (I happen to have one of those coming up…)

Mexican-Style Meatball Soup Ingredients

    •    2 tablespoons olive oil
    •    1 large onion, chopped
    •    1 bay leaf
    •    1 32 oz box beef broth
    •    1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
    •    1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    •    1 and 1/4 pound lean ground beef
    •    6 tablespoons cornmeal (I used blue)
    •    1/4 cup milk
    •    1 large egg
    •    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    •    1 onion, finely chopped
    •    1/4 cup cilantro

 •    1/2 cup uncooked brown rice

To make the meatballs:
Place the beef, cornmeal, chopped onion, cilantro, cumin, milk and egg in a bowl. Mix well. Shape the meatballs into golfball-sized globs and bake them at 350 for 15-20 minutes until fat is rendered and meatballs have begun to brown. (I turn them over halfway through.) Drain them on paper towels.


Meanwhile, in a large pan, sauté the second set of onions in the olive oil with the bay leaf until onions are soft. Add the beef broth, tomatoes, and cilantro, and simmer for fifteen minutes. Add the cooked meatballs and rice to the pot and simmer another 30 minutes.

Like many soup recipes, this will taste even better if you refrigerate overnight and heat it up the next day. Serve with salad and cornbread. Here’s my favorite recipe—this time I used the blue cornmeal in the bread too, and it was delicious and beautiful.

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  1. This sounds like a great recipe to take to my book club's pot luck. We're always short of main dishes as people tend to bring desserts and salads which are easier. Looking forward to reading the new books that are coming out t his week.

    1. Thanks Dianne, let us know how they like it! and enjoy the new books--we're so excited:)

  2. Aren't these pretty! A girlfriend of mine has a tradition of only serving Mexican food on December 24th and she's Italian. She just loves the ease of a taco buffet. These would fit right in! Thanks! And good luck with the new book. I know it'll be a smash!

    Daryl/ Avery

    1. Thanks Daryl, fingers crossed. Love the idea of a Mexican buffet!

  3. Looks super, Roberta/Lucy! And you're right, a nice change from turkey.

    Can't wait for the new book!

  4. Thanks for mentioning my book, Lucy! I'm going to make this recipe but sans cilantro. We love soups and this sounds like a wonderful variation. And BTW, I'm not there yet, either. Bring on the goodies!

    1. You're welcome! Doesn't everyone need a pile of new mysteries for Christmas?? I forgot that you don't like cilantro:(

  5. Tired of chocolate? No way!
    This sound warm and yummy, though.

    Congratulations on all the new baby books! Lots of great reading for all of us.

  6. Great sounding recipe. We will be having this during this winter!