TODAY | October 12, 2012
>>> and we are celebrating la vida latina in honor of spanish heritage monday and today we're making meatballs and kristi vega is here. good to have you here.
>> thank you.
>> these are the spanish meatballs.
>> they are, a spanish meatball, very traditional mexican cooking and kind of like the soul food , the comfort food , you know, the mexican cuisine . definitely what you have when you're feeling ill or a cold day . want to this the meatball soup.
>> instead of the chicken noodle soup .
>> this is a family recipe.
>> we've used it for 50 years at caka vega and my parents had a restaurant for 18 years before that.
>> truly authentic then.
>> let's get start with the soup base then.
>> we have about six cups of water, and then to this we're going to add our flavoring agent.
>> okay. we, have you know, three-quarter cups of tomato salsa.
>> just from a jar.
>> we use our classic house salsa. definitely go home and it adds a nice kind color to the soup.
>> and then we'll add about a teaspoon and a half of chicken base, and chicken base is a little different than chicken bouillon because it's cream year, it's not quite as salty, and i think it has a better flavor.
>> sold right in the grocery store next to the bouillon.
>> okay. easy to find them.
>> easiy to find.
>> and then some of our spices, cumin, garlic powder and oregano.
>> and we'll add those in there.
>> all pretty easy for the most part.
>> do you add more salt?
>> we're going to add about a tablespoon of salt.
>> i love pepper.
>> and half a tablespoon of white pepper . white pepper is a little less peppery than black pepper , stays in the background of dishes, won't overwhelm it.
>> did not know that.
>> move on over to making our meat balls, a minute left here.
>> we just have regular ground beef, use lean. add an egg.
>> and this is interesting.
>> the rice.
>> what does the rice do in.
>> the rice kind of binds the meat ball and keeps it nice and moist.
>> an onion.
>> white onion , green onion , garlic.
>> more garlic powder .
>> and black pepper this time.
>> so we'll go ahead and mix it up.
>> i think it's better to do it with our hands.
>> get your hands dirty and get the towels to wipe them down.
>> want to help me mix the meatball.
>> and then you actually have the little scooper that you can then. we'll pretend it's really mixed well, and you'll put it right into the soup mix.
>> and just let it cook in there.
>> so you just go ahead and drop it in there, a whole batch.
>> slide the meatballs in. bring it to a boil and let it cook for five minutes.
>> this is your soup.
>> if you want to go ahead and crumple it inside the suit.
>> i'm eating, so that's okay.
>> i think it's nice to eat it with a green salad . makes a nice meal. kids love it. it 's wonderful .
>> thanks so much. next time my kids are sick, that's what they are having.