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Beef Soup - A classic Romanian recipe

 

Cooking time: 2 hours and 20 minutes (preparing:20 minutes; cooking: 2 hours)

Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds beef with marrow (shank beef)
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 2 parsley roots
  • 1 parsnip root
  • 1 celery root
  • 3-4 medium sized potatoes
  • 1 large onion

Preparation:

  1. Wash and peel all the vegetables and cut them in halves.
  2. Bring to boil 8 cups water and add the beef. Simmer for 2 hours, foaming frequently.
  3. When the meat is tender add the vegetables, foaming again. It is possible that some water must be added from time to time, to maintain the initial level of water.
  4. When everything is tender, remove the meat and the vegetables. These can be served as a second course with horseradish, or a homemade sauce.
  5. The marrow is served as a delicacy, spread on a piece of bread and seasoned with a bit of salt and black pepper.
  6. The soup is traditionally served with semolina dumplings or noodles.

 

 

Semolina Dumplings

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons semolina flour
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • a pinch of salt

Preparation:

  1. Mix well the oil with the semolina flour, the egg and salt until the mixture becomes a thick cream.
  2. Using a teaspoon form dumplings and put them in the simmering soup.
  3. Try for the right consistency by simmering the first dumpling. If it disintegrates, add a little bit more semolina flour.
  4. Add all the dumplings in the soup and simmer them until they surface (2-3 minutes).
  5. It is recommended to take away the dumplings from the soup and put them in a different bowl, as if they are left in the soup for a longer period of time, they will absorb the soup.
  6. When serving the soup, add the semolina dumplings.

 

 

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