By any definition, I am an adult. I am 29 years old. A mature, educated male with a full time job and other adult type responsibilities. Yet one of my favorite activities is to get together with my other adult friends for what we call a "PBDP", or Perler Bead Dinner Party. This is where we make a nice dinner, and afterwards we all make video game characters out of perler beads. You know, perler beads. Those little round plastic things you maybe played with as a kid? The ones you use an iron to melt and stick together. We made this delicious stew at the most recent PBDP. It was a hearty stick to your ribs twist on the classic albondigas soup. Then I made a magikoopa out of perler beads.
I always love when other people take charge on a dish and I can just sit back and take orders and pictures.
Rice in a meatball. Yum.
Cook the meatballs in the soup pot before everything else.
Meatballs out, peppers and onions in.
Flour is added to form a roux.
Can of tomatoes, some stock, and then the meatballs go right back in.
Top with the biscuits and toss into the oven. Yep, mine came from a can.
This was one of the first soups I have had so far this season and it made me excited for all the soups to come!
Very hearty and filling. The thicker than usual broth and biscuit additions were a perfect fit for the albondigas.
Oh yea, here's that magikoopa.
The meatballs were 1.25 pounds of beef, 1 cup of cooked rice, 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro, 1 egg, a clove of garlic, and a pinch of cinnamon.
For the soup I seared off the meatballs to brown on all sides, then removed them from the pan. Cook an onion and pepper to lightly brown, then add chopped carrot and celery, about a cup of each. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add garlic and a half stick of butter. Stir to mix well. Add in 1/4 cup of flour and stir well to form a roux. Cook about 5 minutes stirring the whole time before adding a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes, 1 box of chicken stock, and red pepper flakes to taste. Stir well so no lumps are formed. Bring to a simmer to thicken up a bit. Add the meatballs back in and top with your favorite store bought or homemade biscuits. Bake until the biscuits are cooked. Remove from oven and serve.