As I look back over the holidays, I am a bit disappointed in myself. We made some incredible dishes from potato gnocchi to fig stuffed pork loin and Parker House rolls. In all the craziness of the moment, normally entertaining, I never got to take pictures of many of our creations. I am going back through some of my pictures and piecing together some of the recipes. I told Jeff that we may have to make some of these meals again, which will be fun because they were delicious.
After feeling like we had been eating non-stop, Jeff decided to put together something a little lighter. We decided that Christmas Day would be perfect since we tend to be alone or have fewer people expecting to be fed. He found this recipe in Saveur's Italian Christmas Magazine 2011. This December version has some amazing traditional Italian recipes which are served around the holiday. We actually have two more recipes marked off to try and make this month.
This escarole soup, which is sometimes known as Wedding Soup, was really easy to make as it works up in three parts: 1. making the meatballs 2. creating the broth and 3. cooking some white rice. If you don't have time to put the entire dish together, you can make the meatballs with the broth. It can be saved and when you are ready to serve it just cook some rice.
This soup was delicious and a welcome meal for a lighter fare after the holidays. The meatballs were perfectly cooked, firm yet you could break them with a spoon. The rice and escarole balanced the remainder of the soup. For me, it was a great comfort dish after a long (over -indulging) holiday season.
1 lb. of ground beef
1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of grated pecorino cheese
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 tablespoon of dried Italian seasoning
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, minced
1 small bunch of parsley, minced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup of olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
2 large heads escarole, cored and cut into 2″ pieces
8 cups chicken stock
kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
4 cups of cooked white rice, for serving
Grated parmesan cheese, for serving
1. For meatballs: Mix beef, bread crumbs, parmesan, pecorino, olive oil, Italian seasoning, minced garlic and onion, chopped parsley, egg, salt, and pepper in a bowl (between 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of each). Form into 30, 1-1/2″ meatballs; chill.
2. For soup base: Heat remaining oil in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add sliced garlic and onions; cook until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add escarole; cook until wilted, about 6 minutes. Add stock; boil. Reduce heat to medium-low.
3. Add meatballs; cook until meatballs are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over rice; top with more parmesan and black pepper.
This escarole soup serves 6-8 people.