Cheesy Egg Drop Soup

Sometimes I end up with extra Parmesan cheese, and I almost always have eggs and chicken broth on hand. I use homemade chicken broth, but store-bought works just as well. The saltiness of the Parmesan cheese is a nice addition to traditional egg drop soup.

Begin with about 6 cups of broth and bring it to a low simmer.

In a measuring cup with a spout, whisk together 4 eggs, 1 teaspoon ground white pepper and 1/4 cup of finely minced parsley. Add to this egg mixture 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan. With the broth continuing to simmer, slowly stream this mixture into the broth in a slight serpentine pattern. This way, your eggs cook in ribbons instead of one big clump.

Consider adding some chicken or finely shredded carrots for extra flavor. Garnish with additional cheese or croutons.

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Parsley Dipping Sauce

This dipping sauce is great on the kofta meatballs posted last week.

In a food processor, chop the leaves of 3/4 a bunch of parsley, 15 mint leaves, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 3 medium shallots and 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. After everything is well diced, spoon into a bowl and whisk in 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup red wine vinegar, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

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Lamb Kofta Meatballs

In a large bowl, use your hands to combine 1.5 pounds of ground lamb (you can use beef if you don’t like lamb), 1 ground yellow onion, 1/4 of a bunch of parsley leaves (diced), 15 diced mint leaves, 2 teaspoon minced garlic, saffron “tea”*, 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt. The warmth of your hands should help any fat in the lamb/beef warm a little and hold the meatballs together.

*For the saffron tea, crush one large pinch saffron threads into a pinch of fine salt, add one teaspoon of hot water and allow to steep for approximately 5 minutes before combining into mixture, above.

Once the ingredients are thoroughly combined, shape into meatballs about 1.5 inches across. Cook these either in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat (approximately 6-8 minutes both sides) or in an air fryer (approximately 13 minutes at 450*).

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Orzo Pasta Salad

DSC_0056I spent the first 10 years of my life steadfastly avoiding beans because of that stupid rhyme from when we were all kids. I spent the next 15 avoiding beans because I genuinely couldn’t handle the texture. But I’ve learned that if I disguise it in enough other textures, I’m on board.

Dice 1/2 of a red onion and marinate in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. While that’s marinating, cook 1 cup of orzo according to package directions. Rinse. Add to red onion mixture. Drain and rinse two cans of pinto beans, then add to mixture. Add 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 peeled, seeded and diced English cucumber, 1/2 cup of quartered cherry tomatoes, the zest of one small lemon, 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, and 1/2 cup of kalamata olives (optional). Mix all this together. Finally, fold in one cup of crumbled feta.

Serve over spinach and/or arugula if you need more green in this dish. Serve with shredded chicken if you don’t partake in Meatless Mondays!

 

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