Traditional Scottish recipe for Cock-a-Leekie-soup!!

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Traditional Scottish Recipe

Hello lovelies, welcome back to my page. This traditional soup, with prunes included in the ingredients, is mentioned as early as the 16th century.

It is often served at Burns Suppers or St Andrew’s Night Dinner (30 November) as well as an every-day soup in winter. Some people omit the prunes though!! (We don’t tend to add the prunes all the time they are an acquired taste)

Traditional Scottish recipe for cock a Leekie soup

Cock-a-leekie soup!!

Ingredients:

1) 1 boiling fowl, about 4lb, including legs and wings

2) 1lb leeks (about 12) cleaned and cut into 1-inch pieces

3) 4 pints stock or water

4) 1oz long grained rice

5) 4oz cooked, stoned prunes

6) One teaspoon brown sugar

7) Salt and pepper

8) Garni of bay leaf, parsley, thyme

9) Some recipes also have 3 chopped rashers of streaky bacon

Method:

  • Put the fowl and bacon in a large saucepan and cover with water.
  • Bring to the boil and remove any scum. 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 if necessary.
  • Remove the bird.
  • Some thrifty chefs use the bird as another course, others cut the meat into small pieces and add them back to the soup (certainly it should have some pieces of chicken in it when served).
  • Add the rice and drained prunes and the remaining leeks and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  • Check for flavour and serve with a little chopped parsley.

Serves 6/8 people.

We love this soup especially on a cold wet day (which is nearly every day in Scotland haha) it’s like a warm hug in a bowl. It is especially good if you have the flu or cold even in the summer months as a main meal with warm bread. My grandmother used to say “you bluddy better eat that it will pit hairs on yer chist” scottish slang for it eill put meat on your bones and make you healthy haha not too sure id want hairs on my chest (yes that used to worry me as a child haha).

Do you have a favourite soup recipe I’d love to hear them below?

Kimberly xo

Traditional Scottish recipe for cock-a-leekie soup

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