Family Style Spicy Thai Fish Soup

Want heat? You got it! We have taken the glorious spicy fish soup that only Thailand can muster up and transformed it into such a simple preparation, we hestitate to compare it to a well respected arena of spicy soups. But we put our gloves on, used our famous sardines, punched it with a little chili and Bam!! A knockout!

1 (6.7-ouonce) can Bar Harbor® Skinless, Boneless Smoked Sardine Fillets in Maple Syrup

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups frozen California Style Vegetable Mix (broccoli, carrots and cauliflower), thawed

2 (15-ounce) cans Bar Harbor® Fish Stock, divided

1 cup leftover mashed potatoes*

1 cup dried or fresh bread crumbs, as needed

1 teaspoon oil*

1 teaspoon minced garlic in oil

1 red chili, seeded and minced

2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon soy sauce

In the bowl of a food processor or blender, add the sardines with syrup, eggs, vegetable mix and 1/4 cup fish stock. Pulse until smooth, on high, about 30 seconds. Remove to a bowl and mix in the mashed potatoes. If needed, add a little bread crumbs at a time in order to hold together in a ball. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, add oil to medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and minced chili, cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add remainder of fish stock, tomato paste, lime juice and soy sauce, whisking well. Bring to a boil, reduce to low. Meanwhile, form the sardine mixture into tablespoon-sized balls. Add all fish balls to the simmering broth, and cook for 8 minutes. After a minute, insert spoon in the soup and loosen any fish balls that may have stuck to the bottom of the pot. After 8 minutes, turn heat off and evenly divide the fish balls among 3 bowls and carefully pour seasoned broth into each bowl. Serve immediately.

*Or if desired, use chili oil, but leave out the red chili. And if you have no loeftover mashed potato, simpluy boil 2 medium-sized potatoes until soft and mash them with a fork.

Enough for 3 servings. Makes 20 small fish balls.

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