Cock-a-leekie Soup

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Nov 052013
 

Cock a Leekie Soup is a Scottish peasant-style dish with many regional variations. Some cooks may add chopped grilled bacon, some use beef stock, add Jamaican pepper and many suggest offering stewed prunes with the finished dish, or julienned prunes as a garnish, the original method. I’ve also seen barley substituted.
for the rice.

Ingredients for Cock-a-leekie Soup

• 2 lb. fresh, whole chicken
• 12 medium sized leeks, well washed and chopped to ¾” lengths
• 4 oz/ 100g long grain rice, washed
• 3 – 4 medium sized carrots, peeled and grated
• Salt and crushed black pepper

Preparation of Cock-a-leekie Soup

• Put the chicken in a pot with enough water to more than cover. Add ½ of the leeks
• Cover the pot and simmer gently for 1 hour or until the chicken is falling off the bone Remove the chicken and reserve.
• Strain the stock into a fresh pot, add the rice and cook in a covered pot for 10 minutes Add the grated carrots and the remainder of the chopped leeks and continue cooking for 20 minutes.
• Taste for intensity of flavor and, if necessary, reduce further to increase the taste. Season with salt and pepper.
• Chop a little of the reserved chicken and add to the finished soup.

Note: Save the reserved chicken for another soup, salad, or wrap

Read about the nutrition in leaks.

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