Avgolemono Soup

Serves:
Ingredients:
Stock:
1 large whole chicken
1 large onion – cut into quarters
4 large carrots – cut into large pieces
3 stalks celery – cut into large pieces
Sea salt and peppercorns for seasoning the broth

To Finish:
1 ½ cups Red River rice
6 eggs
Juice of 6 lemons
Directions:

Place the chicken and vegetables in a large stockpot and cover with water by several inches. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot with a lid, leaving just a small section uncovered. Simmer the stock for about 2 hours, to obtain a nice rich stock. Remove the chicken (it will fall apart) to a platter and drain the liquid back into the pot. Using a slotted spoon, remove the vegetables and peppercorns and try to remove any visible fat from the stock, if possible.

Add the rice to the pot and cook until the rice is tender and cooked through. Place the eggs and lemon juice in a large blender and very slowly add cooked rice to the blender a little bit of stock, in increments, being very careful not to add to quickly, as the eggs will “scramble”. Add enough rice and stock to ultimately fill the blender about three quarters full.

Slowly return the blended eggs, lemons, stock and rice to the remaining stock in the pot and stir until well blended. Heat over low heat, to finish cooking, until the soup becomes thick and creamy. Serve immediately or make ahead and slowly reheat at low temperature. Check for seasoning.

 

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