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Cock-a-Leekie Soup

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In days past, this soup involved the slow simmering of a whole chicken, but today it is prepared with less time and effort

Prep Time: prep 10 mins

Cooking Time: cook 11/2 hrs

Serves: makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ( 450g) chicken breasts and/or thighs, skinned
  • 1 quart ( 1 liter) chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 / 3 cup long-grain rice
  • 2 leeks, white and pale green parts only, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
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Directions:

  1. Combine the chicken, stock, and bay leaves in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat, skimming off any foam. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer, skimming occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the rice, leeks, carrots, and cloves, and season with salt and pepper. Return to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and cover again. Simmer about 30 minutes more, until the chicken shows no sign of pink at the bone.
  3. Discard the bay leaves. Transfer the chicken to a carving board, cool, remove the meat from the bones, chop it into bite-size pieces, and return it to the soup.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with parsley. Serve hot.
Tips:
  • prep 10 mins; cook 11/2 hrs

Variations

Traditional Cock-a-Leekie Soup: Traditionally, pitted prunes were included in this soup, and they add a delicious sweetness. Add a few with the vegetables in step 2. You can also make the soup with turkey instead of chicken, and add other vegetables such as peas, grated turnips, or potatoes.

excerpted from:

Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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