The Soup of the Greek Gods

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lert 🚨 alert Heartland Foodies families! We are proud to announce a soup-er epic new addition/product feature for the beginning of 2023! Anderson House Soup Mixes – whose mission is real quality ingredients,  sharing inspired tastes, and simply satisfying foods while eating well and living better. Round of applause for Anderson House Soup mixes!

These fast- scratch comfort soup mixes combine quality ingredients and simple prep with versatile recipes sure to please any  soup-er star! Their soup mixes are Gluten free, Non-GMO, no added salt or preservatives, and nothing artificial, ever. 

All mixes are plant-based and vegan-friendly but the best part is, your family can personalize them by adding their favorite Heartland products like chicken, beef, or pork. Download our easy ingredient checklist and check out all the new awesome flavors! Plus, add a few on your next reorder or first Heartland order (view our pantry selections)!

Let’s start by asking the question: WHY is soup good for you? Well, according to healthline.com when prepared with the right ingredients, soup can be a truly healthy dish with multiple nutritional benefits! For example certain broths like meat based or bone broth provides b-vitamins, trace minerals, and nutrients such as collagen. (Feel free to make your own bone broth with our 2 lb pack of marrow bones from  Creekstone Farms – check out our specialty selections) Furthermore, soups are a great way to boost your fiber intake by adding wholesome veggies; pair with a salad and you’ve got a souper-supper!  

While all this soup talk is making miso happy we also thought we’d introduce you to a 2022 favorite that is sure to find its way into your cookbook sooner than later. Avgolemono soup recipe, “Greek Lemon Chicken Soup!” Also known as, the soup of the Greek Gods! 

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lert 🚨 alert Heartland Foodies families! We are proud to announce a soup-er epic new addition/product feature for the beginning of 2023! Anderson House Soup Mixes – whose mission is real quality ingredients,  sharing inspired tastes, and simply satisfying foods while eating well and living better. Round of applause for Anderson House Soup mixes!

These fast- scratch comfort soup mixes combine quality ingredients and simple prep with versatile recipes sure to please any  soup-er star! Their soup mixes are Gluten free, Non-GMO, no added salt or preservatives, and nothing artificial, ever. 

All mixes are plant-based and vegan-friendly but the best part is, your family can personalize them by adding their favorite Heartland products like chicken, beef, or pork. Download our easy ingredient checklist and check out all the new awesome flavors! Plus, add a few on your next reorder or first Heartland order (view our pantry selections)!

Let’s start by asking the question: WHY is soup good for you? Well, according to healthline.com when prepared with the right ingredients, soup can be a truly healthy dish with multiple nutritional benefits! For example certain broths like meat based or bone broth provides b-vitamins, trace minerals, and nutrients such as collagen. (Feel free to make your own bone broth with our 2 lb pack of marrow bones from  Creekstone Farms – check out our specialty selections) Furthermore, soups are a great way to boost your fiber intake by adding wholesome veggies; pair with a salad and you’ve got a souper-supper!  

While all this soup talk is making miso happy we also thought we’d introduce you to a 2022 favorite that is sure to find its way into your cookbook sooner than later. Avgolemono soup recipe, “Greek Lemon Chicken Soup!” Also known as, the soup of the Greek Gods! 

Avgolemono Soup Recipe

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Avgolemono (pronounced ahv-goh-lem-uh-noh) translates from Greek to English as “egg-lemon” and is a popular and traditional Greek lemon chicken soup that actually was brought to Greece via Sephardic Jews. Used to thicken the broth, and known as Agristada, it includes an egg and citric mixture made by Jews in Iberia before their expulsion from Spain. The acidic component of choice at that time was either pomegranate juice, bitter orange, or verjuice ( the juice of unripe grapes). It wasn’t until the 10th century when lemons became popularized across the Mediterranean and the Avgolemono we know that is loved by so many was born. 

 

It boasts a rather smooth, and creamy texture without any use of cream itself. It’s quick, easy to make and is traditional Greek comfort food at its best! Avgolemono is commonly made with either rice or orzo, or any other tiny pasta (both can be considered traditional.) To help make a meal of things and maybe even muster some leftovers, we recommend that you roast our Murrays Farms whole chicken or our 3lb Turkey Breast, and add some tender, white or dark meat, with equally delicious results. 

As promised, this dish is incredibly easy to make; however, you must abide by one hard rule: keep your heat low! When working with eggs like in this dish, what you do not want is to add eggs to stock that is overly hot – they will curdle, and you will be left with perfectly edible, but not so appetizing, scrambled eggs!

 

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 2 ribs celery finely diced
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 8 cups chicken broth divided
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups cooked chicken such as (pulled whole-roasted chicken)
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice from about 4-5 lemons (more or less if you like)
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large heavy pot with a lid or Dutch oven. Add the diced celery and onions. Sauté over medium-high heat until they’re softened (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Pour in 6 cups of the chicken broth (reserving 2 cups) as well as about 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil. Add the rice (1 cup). Stir, cover, and simmer on low for 15 minutes,  or until you see that the rice is fully cooked.
  • Then add your cooked chicken meat (2 cups) to the pot. Stir, cover, and continue simmering on low for 3-5 minutes, until chicken is warmed..
  • While chicken is heating, make the avgolemono sauce. Add the eggs (5) and lemon juice (3/4 cup) to your blender. Heat the remaining 2 cups of chicken broth in the microwave in a glass measuring cup until boiling (or on the stovetop in a small pot).
  • Turn the blender on and thoroughly mix the eggs and lemon juice. While the blender is running, very gradually pour in the 2 cups of hot chicken broth. Continue blending until all the broth is added. You will end up with a foamy, cream-colored sauce.
  • Turn off the heat on the soup. Slowly and gradually add the sauce back into the soup.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of (cold) butter to the pot. Stir until it’s melted. Taste and adjust seasoning at that time if needed. Serve with freshly cracked black pepper on top if desired! 

SOUP TIP- If reheating the soup, it will get thicker. This is normal. Feel free to add a bit more chicken broth or stock when reheating to thin out the soup. 

Recipe adapted by bowlofdelicious and seriouseats

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