Saturday, June 6, 2015

Harissa Yogurt Soup with Lamb Meatballs

(4 servings)

There are various versions of this delicious soup found throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East. I added tiny lamb meatballs and harissa (can't get enough of it these days) to a Turkish yogurt soup I love to make. The harissa is wonderful here.

3/4 lb ground lamb
2 tbsp almond flour or 3 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs (if gluten isn't an issue)
2 tbsp milled flax seed (optional)
1/2 tsp dried mint
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1 tbsp olive oil

Lightly combine the lamb, almond flour or breadcrumbs, flax seed (if using), mint, salt, lemon pepper, cumin, coriander and cardamom, taking care not to over mix. Form into very small meatballs.

Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Fry the meatballs until they are browned; about 5 minutes. They don't have to be cooked through. Set aside.

yogurt soup
4 cups low sodium beef broth
1/4 cup long grain rice
1 large egg yolk
1 tbsp garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour or use regular flour (if gluten isn't an issue)
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp harissa, or to taste
1 1/3 cups plain yogurt
1 cup fresh spinach, cut into fine chiffonade
2 green onions, sliced

salt and freshly ground black pepper, if needed

Bring the broth to a gentle simmer and drop in the meatballs. Add the rice and cook until the rice is tender but slightly firm; about 10-15 minutes.

In a small bowl whisk together the egg yolk, flour, lemon juice and harissa. When the mixture is smooth, whisk in the yogurt. Temper the yogurt mixture by whisking in a about half a cup of hot broth, then add all of it back to the soup pot and stir.  Cook for about 5-8 minutes over medium-low heat, taking care not to allow the soup to come to a boil; just let it simmer very gently.

Stir in the spinach and green onions. Cook another three minutes or so.  Check for seasoning and add the salt and pepper, if needed.

Divide the soup between four bowls and serve.


Sippity Sup said...

Such a beautiful bowl of soup. Homemade yogurt is something I've yet to attempt, but I love that you used it so elegantly here. GREG

Carole said...

I've not done meatballs in soup - when it gets a bit colder this is on my list. Cheers

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