Chicken Soup Avgolemono

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Title: Chicken Soup Avgolemono
Yield: 4 Servings
Categories: Soups, Greek

Ingredients:

64 oz Chicken broth
-(You can get away
-with instant broth,
-but make sure it is
-of good quality.
-I usually use Knorr
-Chicken Bouillon cubes)
4 tb White rice (unconverted,
-not Uncle Ben's!!!)
2 lg Eggs
1 Lemon
1/2 ts Salt (or more to taste)


Bring the broth to a boil and add the rice and salt. Let rice cook for
15-20 minutes. Remove pot from stove and let it cool for a while.

Separate the whites from the egg yolks, and beat the whites in a large
bowl, until they thicken a little. Add the yolks and the juice of the lemon
and beat until you get a uniform mixture.

Now carefully, using a ladle, pour some of the warm broth into the egg
mixture, while beating continuously. When your bowl is full, pour the
contents back into the remaining broth, and stir until you get a uniform
mixture.

Now serve and, I hope, enjoy!

NOTES:

* Greek style egg & lemon chicken soup -- Avgolemono in greek means egg
and lemon and is the most popular technique for preparing soup in Greece.
So much so, that unless stated otherwise, when one talks of soup, one means
avgolemono soup. What follows is a recipe for my favourite, chicken soup,
but feel free to substitute any kind of meat or fish broth for the chicken.
Yield: Serves four -hungry- people.

* This process of treating eggs is known in greek as avgokomma, and
describes both this process and what will happen if you are not very
careful, the egg will coagulate and spoil everything! In order to avoid
such an unfortunate occurrence, you must let the broth cool a little before
adding the egg. This can easily be done by starting to beat the eggs only
after you have removed the broth from the stove, thus giving time to the
broth to cool. However, if you're in a hurry, you can pour a small glass
of cold water into the broth (which will obviously make the soup more
diluted). The broth must be poured slowly into the egg and lemon mixture,
but the two must be blended quickly (use of an electric mixer is
recommended).

* The original recipe does not require beating the whites separately, so
you can simply beat the eggs whole until the whites blend with the yolks,
and then add the lemon. If you prepare the eggs this way, the soup will be
a little less smooth.

* The soup can be kept in the refrigerator for a day or two. Be careful
not to bring it to a boil when re-heating it, because the egg will
coagulate.

: Difficulty: moderate (handling of egg whites in soup takes experience).
: Time: 30 minutes.
: Precision: Approximate measurement OK.

: Kriton Kyrimis
: Princeton University, Computer Science Dept.
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