Romanian Meatball Sour Soup (Ciorba de Perisoare)
Honestly to-die-for soup. Romanians from Transylvania have a saying: 'asa'i de buna, ca-ti vine sa-ti bati copiii cu lantul ud, sa-i sui in pod si sa le furi scara' (so good, you feel like you want to tie up your kids, stick them in the attic, and steal the ladder). Not that the Transylvanians will do anything like that... Serve in bowls topped with extra sour cream.
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Substitute parsnip root for the parsley root if desired. Substitute 1 small celery root, sliced, for the celery stalks if desired.
Substitute ground turkey or pork for the ground beef if desired. You can make the meatballs small, medium, or big, but no bigger than apricots.
I found lovage online. If you can't find lovage, use lemon salt (not the same thing as lemon pepper). I've also used just the juice from 2 lemons when I couldn't find either, and it seemed to work well.