where we come from is who we are. i recently had a bit of an a-ha moment when looking through facebook profiles of folks i knew when i was a youngster. all of these people who i had various connections with 15 years ago have grown to early thirty-ish age and in various degrees embraced who they are by where they came from. where you come from can mean many things to us. i came from a small suburb of sacramento. i also came from my mother and father who came from europe, mexico, and czechoslovakia. i left that small town when i was 16 to move to the river and become a raft guide. 15 years later i find a new appreciation for the small town and the people i grew up with there. my czech/ mexican heritage contribute to my stunning blue eyes and ability to get super tan…[insert humbleness here] food is who i am more and more these days and the love of all things potato and cheese mixed with a love of hot sauce and tortillas have created a flavor saturated cooking style. this is a simple albondigas soup using things i had around the kitchen. it is my twist of a mexican classic. enjoy!
ang’s albondigas soup.
serves 4 with tortillas
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 large yellow onion diced
4 cloves garlic chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
32 oz free range organic chicken stock
1lb lean ground turkey
small bunch cilantro chopped
fresh lime juice to taste.
over medium heat saute the onions and garlic until translucent.
add the tomato paste stirring constantly until slightly browned.
salt and pepper paste mixture to taste
add the chicken broth stirring to incorporate the tomato paste.
squeeze lime juice to taste.
let simmer 5 minutes to build the soup base.
[at this point if you have any veggies that need to be used up add them chopped now for example i added zucchini because i had it]
form 1 inch balls with ground turkey and gently add meatballs to soup base.
let meat cook through 8-10 minutes.
ladle hot soup into bowls. top with fresh chopped cilantro, Mexican crema, tortilla chips, and favorite hot sauce! enjoy!