St. Patricks Day Irish Recipes

Cock-A-Leekie Soup

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1 whole chicken ( a 3-4 lb. fryer )
1 coarse chopped onion or 1 tblspoon dried onion flakes
3 bay leaves
4 garlic cloves unpeeled

3 leeks (or 2 onions), chopped
6 medium carrots cut into pennies
5 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 tablespoon Peppercorns
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
4 whole cloves
Salt and pepper
3 quarts water
1/4 cup barley
2 dried plums or prunes diced


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Traditionally, it was cooked with an entire old fighting cock, head and feet still attached. The cock was removed before serving the soup, to be eaten later as a main course. Leeks were thrown in for flavor, and a mysterious, subtle flavor was added with a handful of chopped dried plums (prunes.) “Many who've tasted this dish have called it the best chicken soup they've ever had,”


Stew the chicken with the onion bay leaves and garlic in a large soup pot for 45 minutes.
Strain Stock into another pot and reserve.

After the chicken cools a bit pick the meat, chop and reserve.

Cook all the remaining ingredients except barley until vegetables are almost tender, 30-60 minutes. Add barley , prunes and cook 30 minutes until barley is tender

Add the Chicken meat and simmer 10 minutes.

Serves 10.

Irish Soda Bread goes well with this

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