Soupa Avgolemono for Peabody

December 4, 2007 · 4 comments

in greek,healthy,soups and stews

Peabody of Culinary Concoctions by Peabody fame has recently moved into what is probably one of the cutest houses I’ve seen. She has asked people to bring a dish to her virtual housewarming party, and I’ve been trying to figure out for a few days now what to bring. Since a lot of Peabody’s blogging friends are bakers, I figure many of the dishes brought will be desserts, so I decided to “bring” something savory. The decision was made much easier by the fact that baking is not what you would call my “strong suit.” In fact, you’d probably call it my weakness. So, no need to try and compete with all those wonderful bakers!

I ended up picking avgolemono (egg-lemon rice) soup, not only because I love making soups and it’s Greek, but because Seattle has had its first snowfall, and I figure something warm and comforting is good. I am “serving” the soup in mugs so it’s easier to eat at a potluck, and it’s even served on a special trivet, just for Peabody…a hockey puck. I considered using my Lidstrom jersey under the mug, but I don’t think self-proclaimed Red Wings hater Peabody would like that much. Or, maybe she would, in hopes that the soup would spill all over the jersey ;)

Avgolemono is probably the easiest soup in the world to make; not that it tastes that way. The thing is, because it has so few ingredients (4, if you’re not adding chicken), you really want to use homemade stock for this soup to make sure it has good flavor. I suppose you could use a good quality store bought stock, but I’m going to be a little Ina Garten here and strongly suggest homemade stock.

Soupa Avgolemono

Serves 6
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8 cups homemade chicken stock or good quality store-bought stock
1 cup rice (I prefer short grain because it’s starchier and will help to thicken the soup but if you don’t want the rice to be as soft or the soup to be as thick, use long grain)
1 cup cooked, shredded chicken (optional)
3 eggs
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (more or less, depending on how tart you want the soup)
salt and pepper

In a stockpot or dutch oven, bring the stock to a low boil and add the rice. Simmer until the rice is cooked, and then stir in the chicken just to heat through. Season to taste. Take the dutch oven off the heat.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs together with the lemon juice. Slowly drizzle some of the broth from the soup into the egg-lemon mixture, whisking constantly so as not to scramble the egg. Do about 2 ladles full of broth. Then, slowly pour the whole mixture back into the stockpot, again whisking constantly.

Sprinkle the soup with fresh ground pepper and serve with lemons, if desired.

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niki August 30, 2009 at 12:38 am

I have been searching for a good recipe for this forever! I used to work at a restaurant ran by a Greek family and ate this there every Sunday!

:)

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nancykhicks February 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

This is my favorite! My mom always made it with rice, but my Thea Sophia makes it with broken pieces of spaghetti and its really good. I was suspicious but it works.

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lorraine s. April 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

thanks Elly!! this is just as simple as can be..

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