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Souppost #1 of 2212/19/09 at 12:00pmThread StarterWe have a more relaxed Christmas dinner. Everyone shows up here in the late afternoon . I usually have appetizers, a nice salad, avariety of homemade bread , seafood chowder and a variety of desserts for dinner . However , as the family grows, there are a significant amount of people who do not like seafood. Any good reccomendations for a second soup . No totally tomato based . We have very picky children that will be here.
ChefTalk.com Top Pickspost #2 of 2212/19/09 at 12:17pmpost #3 of 2212/19/09 at 12:28pmThread Starterpost #4 of 2212/19/09 at 12:35pmpost #5 of 2212/19/09 at 12:36pmIs your seafood chowder cream based? Then of course you don't want to do a cream of (fill in the vegetable) soup. But if the chowder is tomatoey, you could do a vegetable puree, which would fool the kids into thinking they're having something fancy when actually you're getting them to eat veggies. :lol: Or you could do a chicken-veg-noodle/rice or a beef-veg-noodle/rice. Or beans (split peas) and ham and vegetables.
Do you see how I'm pushing veggies? :p Soup is a great way to get people to eat them without turning up their noses. :lol:post #6 of 2212/19/09 at 12:58pmpost #7 of 2212/19/09 at 1:16pmpost #8 of 2212/19/09 at 5:46pmpost #9 of 2212/19/09 at 9:51pmHow about corn with green chile chowder?
You can use canned green chile's, but fresh roasted are really wonderful. And you can certainly roast them ahead of time, peel and keep them in the fridge for a few days, or in the freezer for 2-3 months. The soup reheats pretty well, too.post #10 of 2212/20/09 at 7:06ampost #11 of 2212/20/09 at 8:26amSeveral of the soups suggested sound just great. Especially, the borscht, carrot, corn, and avgolemeno.
I'm a big fan of soup and you should probably expect to see me at your door on Christmas. Don't worry, I'll bring my own spoon.
Anyway, the beet borscht got me thinking about a different sort of borscht, and that's a different sort of borscht -- a sweet and sour beef soup with cabbage and sausage (like kielbasa). It's got enough meat (beef as well as sausage), potatoes, and vegetables in it for you to think of it as a stew. It's very good as a one plate (well, soup plate) meal and should serve you well.
Another possibility is a gumbo or etouffe (rice on the side), made without seafood. Chicken, beef and sausage can be done very nicely whether singly or in combination.
Kids like meatball soups.
Kouokouvagia -- Avgolemeno is one of my favorites, but I've never held it hot for a long buffet service. How does it hold up? Does it need a lot of stirring to keep the egg from settling? Presumably the lemon loses a lot of brightness, but that can always be refreshed.
I make mine very simply with chicken stock, rice, egg, lemon, and a little bit of seasoning. If you do anything else, I'd sure like to see your recipe if it isn't too much trouble. I'll continue to follow this thread, or you can PM it if you like.
Have a Merry,
BDLpost #12 of 2212/20/09 at 9:55amThread Starter
soupsWell, thanks all of you for your input. I decided to let all the older teens and adults that do not like seafood to have an input. They decided on taco soup. Yeah, it's tomato based, but the little kids will be given alot of other healthy pick up foods to choose from and they won't eat much anyway.
Boar_d_laze the sour cabbage soup you mentioned is one of my favorites, however the rest do not like cabbage.post #13 of 2212/20/09 at 10:00amTovaritsch Teresa,
It's not easy being a peasant in a land of boyars. Let them eat caviar and peacock's tongues, drink champagne from gaily painted bottles, and smile their brittle, artificial smiles.
You and I comrade, our hearts are content with cabbage soup, good black bread and a little sip of vodka.
Comes the revolution, they will eat cabbage and like it.
BDLpost #14 of 2212/20/09 at 10:03amA traditional soup for christmas in northern/central italy is tortellini in brodo - make a nice chicken broth and cook tortellini in it.
Another in central Italy is Zuppa alla' Sante' - you peel cardoons, chop and boil them (you could use escarole if you don;t have cardoons), drain and add to chicken broth. Make tiny meatballs with ground meat and lots of parmigiano, an egg, salt and pepper) and add to the hot soup and keep cooking till they;re cooked. Traditionally served on toasted artisan bread (better if a couple of days old). You can substitute rice if you like."Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'""Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"post #15 of 2212/20/09 at 1:29pmpost #16 of 2212/20/09 at 4:28pmI made a beef and barley soup for dinner last night, it turned out pretty tasty. Some folks have a nice standing rib roast for Christmas or New Year's. Beef and barley isn't quite the same, though.
Tonight the "kids" are coming over, they are in town for a week to do some skiing. Build your own pizza will be the order of the day.
mjb.Food nourishes my body. Cooking nourishes my soul.Food nourishes my body. Cooking nourishes my soul.post #17 of 2212/20/09 at 4:51pmpost #18 of 2212/21/09 at 10:28amYou're right, all it takes is a little stock, a little lemon, and little rice, and a little egg. You'll get a fine avgolemono this way, just like my Mom used to make it. Sadly I didn't like my Mom's avgolemono for a few reasons... first, she didn't defat the chicken stock so there oily clusters on the top of the soup... second, she used rice which didn't release enough starch making a brothier (watery) soup than I prefer... and lastly she only used one egg for a whole pot of soup so it didn't get creamy enough.
I use one egg per quart, same with the lemon. I add orzo to the stock because I like the way the pasta releases starch and makes it a more substantial soup - it's not creamy or thick like a chowder, but it's got more manliness to it :mullet:. Leave the eggs room temp, then whisk them to death so the proteins dissolve. Add the lemon juice and whisk again. Slowly temper the egg and then throw it back into the soup. I find minimal breaking and stirring this way and it gets better as it sits if you can believe it.
Ironically I discard the orzo in my soup bowl, I enjoy the broth. But I can't get the broth the right consistancy without it. Toss in some shredded poached chicken, and a good dose of cracked pepper and it's mighty hearty.
To make it even sexier throw into the broth little uncooked meatballs made of beef/pork, onion, garlic, raw rice, parsley, and lots and lots of fresh chopped mint.
Now I'm hungry, I know what I'm making for dinner tomorrow!post #19 of 2212/21/09 at 5:59pmTaco Soup is one of my go to meals. Brown the meat, open all the veg cans (I rinse the can taste off everything 'cept the Ranch Style Beans) then simmer until I cannot wait any longer. A big bowl of soup, a squeeze of lime, chopped raw onions (best if the sweet onions are still available) and corn tortilla strips fried till crispy. Oh...and a dollop of sour cream, maybe a bit of shredded cheddar. (it's all about the condiments, right?) Yum. I will be polite and like BDL, bring a spoon...and a 6 pack of ice cold Corona.post #20 of 2212/22/09 at 8:33amYou can try the Creamy Chicken Soup:
There is also a video for the recipe at, I can't upload here,
go check it out at: Creamy Chicken Soup - BeTheCook - Food & Cooking Recipes
- 65 g butter
- 1 medium onion - chopped
- 3 celery sticks - chopped
- 3 medium carrots - chopped
- 3 tbsp flour
- 1 ½ ltr chicken stock
- 3 sprigs of parsley
- 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 480 g chicken - cooked and diced
- 2 tbsp thick cream
- 2 ½ tsp dry sherry
- 1 tbsp salt
- black pepper - to taste
- chopped parsley to garnish
First, add butter into the saucepan, Heat the saucepan over a moderate heat and let the butter to melt.
Then add the carrots, onions, and celery. Fry for ten minutes.
When the vegetables become soft, add flour, cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly.
Then add the chicken stock and keep stirring the ingredients when boil. Skim the surface occasionally.
Then add the parsley, thyme, and the bay leaf to the soup.
Reduce the heat and let the soup to simmer for 15 minutes.
In 15 minutes, stir in chicken chunks and boil for several minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.post #21 of 2210/16/12 at 6:13pm
I just found this recipe on a bulletin board/forum. Since I had sweet potatoes, I decided to try it and I have a new favorite comfort food! So creamy and delicious! I have several really large butternut squashes from the garden and I think I'll try same recipe with them too. I might have to put more spice in.post #22 of 2210/17/12 at 5:03pm
Chicken wild rice soup
* Exported from MasterCook *
Wild Rice Chicken Soup
Recipe By :
Serving Size : 8 Preparation Time :0:00
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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2 pounds Chicken
1/2 gallon water -- or to cover chicken
1 cup wild rice, cooked -- cook in 3 cups chicken broth
3 cups chicken broth
1 large carrots -- diced fine
1 large onion -- diced fine
1 clove garlic -- chopped fine
1 large celery ribs -- diced fine
1/3 cup flour
4 tablespoons chicken fat -- or butter
1 tablespoon salt -- to taste
1 teaspoon pepper -- to taste
Cut chicken into pieces and cover with the water. Simmer until chicken is tender. Remove chicken from stock but keep stock at a simmer. Remove meat from bones and return bones to the stock and simmer another hour. Strain stock to remove bones and any bits.This is best done a day ahead of time. Use as much of the chicken as you like. I like to reduce the stock so it concentrates the flavor.
Chop chicken into bite size pieces.
Cook the wild rice in 3 cups of the stock until tender (30-50 minutes)
Skim the fat from the stock and heat in a small saute pan. Put stock on and bring to a boil.
Add the onion, celery, and carrots to the chicken fat and saute until tender. Do this over low heat so the onions don't carmelize.
Add the garlic and flour to the saute pan and blend in to form a roux. Cook a few minutes until barely blonde in color.
Add the wild rice and veggies/roux mixture to the boiling stock and stir until thickened. Add the chicken and heat through. Salt and pepper to taste.
an option is to add 2 cups cream but I think it is better without.
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