Quintessential Cock-a-Leekie Soup
One of the most famous Scottish soups is Cock-a-Leekie (essentially chicken and leeks). While it can be enjoyed anytime, it holds a place of honor on the traditional meal served to celebrate the birth of famous Scottish poet, Robbie Burns on January 25th.
Quintessential Cock-a-Leekie Soup
One of the most famous Scottish soups is Cock-a-Leekie (essentially chicken and leeks). While it can be enjoyed anytime, it holds a place of honor on the traditional meal served to celebrate the birth of famous Scottish poet, Robbie Burns on January 25th.
Servings Prep Time
6 – 8servings 30minutes
Cook Time
3hour
Servings Prep Time
6 – 8servings 30minutes
Cook Time
3hour
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put the chicken (and bacon) in a large stock pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil and remove any scum.
  2. Add three-quarters of the leeks, (green as well as white sections), herbs (tied together in a bundle), salt and pepper and return to the boil. Simmer gently for 2-3 hours, adding more water/stock if necessary. Remove the chicken and allow to cool enough to remove the meat.
  3. Skim visible fat from the stock pot, using a flat spoon or paper towel. I have also used ice cubes (the fat sticks to the cube and you fish it out). If you have more time, you can let the stock cool, and let the fat solidify.
  4. Take the meat from the bones and put back into the soup pot (you can also reserve some of the meat for another dish)
  5. Add the rice, drained prunes and the remaining leeks and simmer for at least another 30 minutes. Check for flavour and serve with a little chopped parsley or dill.
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