I was talking about this with my coworkers the other day. I kinda like when it's overcast, rainy, or even freezing cold here. Because we never get that. It's like the opposite of Seattle. Sometimes, I would appreciate a cloudy day! And the smell of the desert after a good rain is the BEST! Nothin' like it.
So here we are, supposed to head to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival today, and it's rainy. I have been pondering the idea of going to Target and buying some rain boots (with my child-sized feet I'm sure I would end up with these).
I can't help but want some soup (yes, even at 8:30am on a Saturday morning)... there's just something about the weather that influences what I want to eat. And if you're not in the mood for this one, check out the Tortilla Soup. It's always a hit!
And what better than ALBONDIGAS?! I have adapted this recipe from a family friend, Bada... she seriously makes the BEST albondigas I've ever had! So here ya have it....
Here's whatcha need:
(tomato sauce, diced onion, diced pickles, diced tomatoes, minute rice, ground beef, and chicken stock) oh, and (not pictured)... celery!
Let's talk about something real quick. Pickles. Yes, pickles! I know it sounds bizarre, but it's fabulous. Don't knock it 'til ya try it! I PROMISE the pickles are what makes this recipe so FAB!
Throw your beef, sauce, pickles, and onions in a bowl...
Whisk up your egg...
Throw it in your beef mixture.
Along with the rice...
And mix it up with your hands!
Throw 'em on a jelly roll pan in the freezer for about 5 minutes or so.
In the meantime, chop up some celery...
Pour your chicken stock and rice in a stock pot.
Add the diced tomatoes.
And the celery...
And once your meatballs have firmed up in the freezer for about 5, drop them into the pot, one-by-one.
Let it sit on the stove for a bit...
Take a bite, it's so tasty!
And... the recipe! Let me know if you make it!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Makes: Approx 12 cups
10 Cups (2.5 Boxes) of Chicken Stock
1 Tsp salt
2 lbs. Ground Beef
1 White Onion, finely diced
2 Cups White Minute Rice
3 Medium Dill Pickles, finely diced
2 Eggs, beaten
1 Small (4 oz.) Can Tomato Sauce
2 Tomatoes, diced small
2 Celery Stalks, chopped as desired
Optional: 4 Cups Potatoes (if you use potatoes, you only need 1.5 Cups Rice)