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This is a delectable soup. Avgolemono is Greek for “egg and lemon.” If you’ve traveled to Greece, or eaten much in Greek restaurants, these bright flavors—sometimes used in sauces, sometimes in soup—will be familiar to you. Here, egg yolks give slight thickening to a flavorful broth, supplying a velvet smoothness; fresh lemon enlivens the whole.
Artichokes, much loved by the Greeks, are often served with lemon juice. It’s a wonder someone didn’t cut up artichokes into avgolemono soup a long time ago, and I feel sure they must have; but to my knowledge, this is an original pairing, and the ingredients are soulmates. This soup’s exquisite hot, refreshing cold. Its one drawback is its unattractive beige color. Compensate with a simple, colorful garnish–finely chopped parsley or mint, diced red pepper, or a lemon slice.
This is quick work once you have the artichokes done.
1. In a soup pot, bring the stock to a boil and stir in the rice. Turn down the heat to medium-low and let simmer, covered, until the rice is done, 20 to 25 minutes for white rice, 30 to 45 minutes for brown.
2. Whisk together the egg yolks and lemon juice. When the rice is tender, ladle 1 or 2 scoops of the hot stock into the yolk mixture, whisking to blend. Pour the yolk-stock mixture back into the pot and blend. Barely simmer over very low heat, stirring constantly; the egg yolks will cook and slightly thicken the soup, about 2 minutes. Don’t let the soup boil.
3. Remove the soup from the heat. Stir in the cooked artichokes. Serve the soup hot immediately, or let it cool, chill deeply, and serve it cold the next day. In either case, ladle the soup into white bowls, sprinkle it with fresh parsley or mint (or a combination of the two), a scattering of red pepper, and float a slice of lemon on top. And life is good, isn’t it? Excellent served with a savory phyllo pastry triangle.
Nutrients per serving (% daily value)
Nutritional information is based on using 3 egg yolks, but does not include Chicken Stock 1 or Golden Vegetable Stock.
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