Saturday, January 21, 2012

Youvarlakia (Greek Meatballs) Avgolemono (in Egg-Lemon Sauce)

This is one of my favourite soups. These days is really cold here, so we enjoyed them even more!

Ingredients (Serves 2)

for the meatballs
250-300 gr. ground pork
1 large onion finely chopped
1 handful parsley finely chopped
1-2 garlic cloves finely chopped
2-3 tbsp white rice
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
flour

for the soup
3 tbsp white rice
1 carrot in small cubes
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1/3 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp salt

for the egg-lemon sause
juice of 1 lemon
1 egg

How to Make
Kneat well all ingredients for the meatballs (except flour) and leave it for a while in the fridge (about 1 hour). In a pressure cooker or a simple pot put 5 cups water (or chichen broth), and the rest of the soup ingredients except the rice. Let it boil.

Prepare the meatballs in small balls and cover them with flour. When the water starts boiling, put the meatballs in. If necessary, add boiling water to cover the meatballs fully. Close the pressure cooker and secure the pressure regulator. Heat until you start to hear sizzling, then reduce the heat to medium, and set your timer for 15 minutes. Alternatively, cook in a pot for about 40 minutes until the meatballs are cooked.
 

When ready, remove the meatballs. In boiling water add the rice and let it cook for 10-15 minutes. Then, turn off the heat and in a large bowl beat well the lemon juice and the egg. Slowly ladle half of the hot broth into theegg-lemon mixture to temper them, whisking constantly. Whisk the egg-lemon mixture into the broth and stir constantly, just long enough to thicken the soup. Add the meatballs. Do not boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
 



Find it in Greek here.

81 comments:

  1. Really delicious soup ;) Adding egg-lemon mixture sounds interesting ! Would like to have some , please ?! hahaha

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    1. Thank you so much! I m so sorry you cant try this one but hope you try this once and like it!

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  2. So comforting on a cold winter day!Lovely recipe!

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    1. Youvarlakia are made for these cold days!

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  3. Youvarlakia? By any chance, can this word mean "ball-shaped"? Everything is so similar! We say Yuvarlak :)

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    1. Actually, they are meatballs in a ball shape! I totally agree.. so similar!

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  4. very interesting and healthy curry !!bookmarked

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  5. Wow, this soup looks amazing! I am going to try and make this one!!!

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    1. Thank you! I really hope you make this and love it!

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  6. these look really delish!
    love your blog
    thanks for following mine.

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    1. Thank you too for your visit! Hope to see you around soon again!

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  7. Thanx for following me dear!!!
    U ve such a wonderful blog....happy to follow u as well!!!

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  8. Yummy Yummy Elpiniki, I love Γιουβαρλάκια!!!

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  9. It looks like a very comfy soup! I am sure my family would enjoy this :)

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    1. It really is! Hope you try and love it!

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  10. I remember my mom making this soup when we were children, but it must have been for a dinner party, since I don't recall ever sampling it! Now seeing these yummy meatballs, and lemony soup, I hope to try it soon~

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  11. Dear Elpiniki, I just love this soup. I enjoyed the step by step pictures. Very nice. Thank you for the visit my friend, Blessings, Catherine xo

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    1. Thank you for your comments! See you!

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    2. Hello Elpiniki, calimera, thank you for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment, Your food is very delicious looking and the presentation very well done! Compliments!
      from California with love! :)
      I will follow you right back!

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    3. Calimera (good morning) to you too! Thank you for your comments!

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  12. Very new style of soup to me, looks very delicious.

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  13. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. We love Greek dishes and you may be my new "go to" preparer. We are fortunate to have a number of excellent Greek restaurants and grocery stories all around us but I love preparing dishes in my own kitchen.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. I m glad you liked my blog! Hope to be helpful to you!

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  14. Hey, Just found this amazing place for Greek food! Lovely!

    http://sangeetamadhav.blogspot.com/

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  15. love this recipe. simple enough to make on my lazy dine in days:D

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    1. Espessialy the COLD lazy days!

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    2. lol...there is only hot days for us in malaysia. perhaps wet rainy days too.

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  16. I never had avgolemono with meatballs. When you go to a restaurant you don't really get meat in your soup. I love the idea with meatballs. Genius. Thank you.

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  17. hi elpinki, i see a little similarity in cooking these meatballs and soup wit our way here, just that we never put in lemon juice. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. This egg-lemon sause (avgolemono) is very common in Greece.

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  18. One of my favourite soups, but adding meatballs is new to me. Your photos are so Beautiful.
    Rita

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  19. This is a lovely soup, I love the lemon/egg liason and you presented it very well. If you want to see my take on avgolemono, I had a post last april
    http://gritsandgroceries.blogspot.com/2011/04/avgolemono-soup.html
    I loved this post and your Thessalonica post.
    Take care.

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    1. Thank you! Your avgolemono is just perfect! Here in Greece its rare to eat avgolemono soup plain. Usually is accompanied with meatballs or chicken.

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  20. It looks so delicious! I love meatballs, i will definitely try out this recipe soon! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog- your site is great! I love Greek food and was actually just thinking about making a similar soup! I have some leftover spinach so I was thinking about throwing that in too. It looks like the perfect comfort food for this cold weather.

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    1. Thank you so much! I ve never tried this with spinach but I think it works!

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  22. the egg and lemon sauce sounds really interesting but it's such a great combination with those delicious looking meatballs

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  23. This dish looks very nice and warming to me. Lemon is always great to give extra tang and flavours to all dishes. Yum!

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    1. I love lemon too and I use it in many dishes, savor or sweet!

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  24. Good morning, my dear Elpiniki.
    Thank you for the delicious, creamy and very tasty soup you have shared with us.

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  25. hi dear...wow, your are really great chef. thanks for follow my blog..;) so glad to see your site. i must try your amazing and delicious recipe.. ;)

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    1. Thank you! I m just a home chef who tries really hard!
      Hope to see you around again!

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  26. Hey there, nice recipe dear :) Thanks for the comment and follow at my space and happy to follow you. Wonderful space u have, will def try ur recipes :)

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  27. Glad to follow Ur Yumm Space back Dear.This meatballs Soup luks Yumm-made and an easy to try recipe for all.Healthy n comforting!.Luv it!

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  28. Hi Elpiniki......what a lovely blog with such lovely recipes.....your meat ball soup delicious.....bookmarked ...to try soon...:)

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  29. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Greece is my favourite country in the world! I dream of one day having my own beach house on a beautiful Greek Island! I would love to learn some Greek recipes!! This soup looks delicious! Is it possible to use chicken mince instead of pork? I have some chicken in my freezer which I need to use so I might try this recipe in the next couple days.

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    1. I guess you can use chicken, the traditional recipe requires pork or beef or both. Also, you can make a chicken soup with rice and this egg-lemon sause.

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  30. This soup looks delicious. Thanks for stopping by - glad you did so I could find your blog! Following you now. Can't wait to go thru all your recipes!

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Didnt realize you re greek!
      Nice meeting you again!

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  32. gr8 recipe
    thanks for following .i am happy to follow u also

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  33. I absolutely adore this soup...almost like an Italian Wedding soup without all the veggies!
    Love the lemon sauce added to it, and the meatballs are so, so perfect and amazingly delicious!

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    1. Thank u so much! I ll have to look up for this Italian Wedding Soup!

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  34. lovely meatballs....loved the egg-lemon sauce a lot...nice flavors....glad to follow u too :)

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  35. Mmmm this is absolutely perfect winter dish. Love meatballs.

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  36. This is fantastic! I just posted the same recipe on my site--a little different. Love to see fellow Greek food lovers! :)

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