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Caș Ciorbă (Romanian Sour Soup) Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 lb. beef or pork (preferably with bones)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 parsnips, chopped
- 1 celery root, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 1 tbsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup water
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh dill
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
- 4 cups chicken or beef broth

Special equipment needed:
- Large soup pot
- Ladle
- Cutting board
- Chef's knife

Step-by-step instructions:
1. In a large soup pot, add the beef or pork with bones and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface.
2. Add the chopped onion, carrots, parsnips, celery root, red bell pepper, and tomatoes to the pot. Stir in the tomato paste, paprika, salt, black pepper, and bay leaf.
3. Pour in the chicken or beef broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 1-2 hours, or until the meat is tender and falling off the bones.
4. Remove the meat from the pot and shred it with a fork. Discard the bones and return the meat to the pot.
5. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, water, and lemon juice. Slowly pour this mixture into the soup, stirring constantly.
6. Add the chopped fresh dill and parsley to the soup and let simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes.
7. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh herbs on top.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 2-3 hours
5. Temperature:
Simmer on low heat
Serving size:
6-8 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 250
Fat: 12g
Carbohydrates: 15g
Protein: 20g
Sodium: 1200mg

Substitutions for ingredients:
- You can use chicken instead of beef or pork.
- If you don't have celery root, you can use celery stalks instead.
- You can use canned tomatoes instead of fresh.

- Add some chopped potatoes to the soup for a heartier meal.
- Use different herbs such as thyme or rosemary.
- Add some chopped cabbage for a more traditional Romanian flavor.

Tips and tricks:
- Skim off any foam that rises to the surface of the soup while cooking.
- Let the soup simmer for a longer time for a richer flavor.
- Serve with a side of crusty bread for dipping.

Storage instructions:
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat on the stove over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Presentation ideas:
Serve in individual bowls with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh herbs on top.

Fresh herbs such as dill or parsley.

Crusty bread, pickled vegetables, or a side salad.

Suggested side dishes:
Roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a side of rice.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the soup is too sour, add a pinch of sugar to balance out the flavors.
- If the soup is too thick, add more water or broth to thin it out.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to cook the meat thoroughly and refrigerate any leftovers promptly.

Food history:
Caș Ciorbă is a traditional Romanian sour soup that is typically made with beef or pork, vegetables, and sour cream.

Flavor profiles:
Sour, savory, and slightly sweet.

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot with a side of crusty bread for dipping.

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Region: Romanian

Taste: Sour, Savory, Tangy, Herbal, Aromatic