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Authentic Hungarian Chicken Soup Recipe
is the time for Chicken Soup. Wind and snow whipping around the yard.
Windows get all steamed. Write your name on the mist. Smells that you
will recognize in later years with a tug on your heart. There is no
soup as good as the soup Mama made when you were young.
I remember going to the Poultry Store with Grandma to buy live chickens.
The man in the store would kill it for you by twisting its neck quickly,
then dunking it in a vat full of boiling water, and someone would pull
off the feathers. Grandma would take it home to cut out the guts and
cut off the head and feet. Oh My! How that poultry store smelled. And
noisy, with all the crates with live ducks and chickens and geese quacking.
We children were always very curious to see if there were any unlaid
eggs in the chicken. And how we teased one another with the cut off
chicken feet. By pressing a spot on the foot you could make the claws
open and close. We all watched as she singed off any remaining feathers
by holding the chicken over the open gas flame. Those were the good
old days? That was a lot of work! But the chickens then tasted much
better than the chickens today.
1 fat hen or chicken parts disjointed (about 5 lbs.)
4 or 5 carrots, whole
1 whole parsley root with greens on top
1 or 2 onions each stuck with a whole clove
2 or 3 ribs of celery
1 small whole tomato
4 qts. of water
1 1/2 Tbls. salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. of mace
in pot with water, skiming the scum off when starting soup to boil.
Place all the vegetables and spices in the pot.
Cook under a low flame until the chicken is tender. Remove as much fat
Strain soup and serve with broad noodles or LIVER
Eat chicken on the side with Tomato Sauce or Dill Sauce.
1 raw chicken liver chopped fine
4 sprigs of parsley greens, minced
1 small onion, minced
4 whole eggs
1/2 Tbls. salt
2 cups of flour
the ingredients together. A cusinart is great for this.
Drop into boiling water by the 1/2 teaspoonsful.
Cook about 15 minutes or until done.
If batter is too thick you can add a little water.
Drain and serve with soup.