Monday, April 2, 2007

Mexican Meatball Soup

Mexican Meatball Soup with Rice and Cilantro

2 T. olive oil
2 ¾ cup chopped onions
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 small bay leaves
5 14.5 ounce cans beef broth
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
½ cup chunky tomato salsa (medium-hot)
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 pound lean ground beef
¼ pound bulk pork sausage
6 T. yellow cornmeal
¼ cup whole milk
1 large egg
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
½ tsp. ground cumin

½ cup long-grain white rice

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add 1 ¾ cups onions, 2 garlic cloves and bay leaves; sauté 5 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes with juices, salsa and ¼ cup cilantro; bring to boil. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine ground beef, pork sausage, cornmeal, whole milk, egg, salt, pepper, cumin, then remaining 1 cup onions, 2 garlic cloves and ¼ cup cilantro in medium bowl. Mix well.

Shape meat mixture by generous tablespoonfuls into 1 to 1 ¼ inch balls.

Add rice and meatballs to soup and bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice and meatballs are tender, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls and serve.

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