Wednesday, March 2, 2011

more snickety lemon stuff

I've been on a lemon kick this week. After I posted the lemon polenta cake recipe, many readers mentioned having lemon trees, and were looking for new and different ways to use lemons. Well, here is a delicious savory lemon recipe, that's super quick and easy to make.  I don't know about you, but I am always grabbing a rotisserie chicken. Instead of stir-fry or chicken pie, try this for a change.  It's made with egg yolks, so it's not a dish you would want to eat every day, but it is a refreshing treat.  It would also be a great starter for a seafood entree.

Greek Lemon Soup with Chicken

In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups chicken broth to a boil.  Add 1/3 cup orzo and boil until tender, about 8 minutes.  In a bowl, beat 6 egg yolks; slowly whisk in 1 cup of the hot broth. Add the egg mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened, a minute or two.  Add 1 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken and the juice of one lemon (about 2 tablespoons). Season with freshly grated pepper.  Serves 4.


Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant 
filled with odd little waiters who bring you things 
you never asked for and don't always like.
Lemony Snicket

30 comments:

  1. I tend to use Lemon juice in place of salt, so it goes in almost everything. This soup looks so good!

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  2. That looks delicious. I've never heard of it, but it sounds refreshing.

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  3. A delicious rich version of a soup sometimes called avgolemono. I haven't made this for ages but just happen to have the ingredients to hand. Perfect for a cold day that needs an injection of Spring hopefulness.

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  4. But occasionally those odd little waiters bring you a plate of perfectly cooked, piping-hot fish and chips.

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  5. Great new logo girl! Into lemon soups myself these days. Made a great one with grilled aubergine and lemons... and it was GOOD! Yours looks delicious though!!

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  6. Alan, I love when fate serves me up a perfectly cooked fish and chips and a huge puddle of ketchup!

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  7. I've shoved a lemon inside the bird before cooking, I also make lemon meringue pie from scratch, it's like summer in your mouth, but never have tried it in soup. Looks yummy.

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  8. Sounds great, Tess! I love anything with lemon in it.

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  9. Ah yes, and then there is lemon butter, lemon souffle
    and lemon and cottage cheese pancakes etc,etc, and so on . . .

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  10. i was trying to decide what to make for dinner tonight! thanks for supplying the perfect idea!! with a rotisserie chicken from the store it will be as easy as one, two, three - best think is i have all the other ingredients!

    that lemony snicket is quite wise! great quote!!

    had fish and chips on monday! but should you find yourself in nyc checking out edna's house - head to "a salt and battery", very nearby (a hop, skip and jump) along with a very clever name, it the best fish and chips on this side of the pond!

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  11. Yum! Thanks, Kim, I'm making a note of A Salt and Battery. My visit will be a Millay/F&C delight!

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  12. I've been in a cooking mood as of late too...maybe it's the warming weather:)

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  13. Your photo presentations are always superb. The lemon dish looks delicious in the creamy white bowl. Your quote is good -- personally I am not a fancier of restaurants -- give me a simple coffee house with good company or a book. thanks -- barbara

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  14. Fate is like a movie
    you've never read a review of,
    don't know any of the actors,
    never heard of the director,
    and can't second guess the ending.

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  15. I have tried to make your polenta cake 3 times! First I was sure I had lemons but didn't. Next day went and got lemons, start to begin and I'm out of polenta. A few days later with polenta in hand I WAS OUT OF EGGS. I don't know what is wrong with me. I have a plan to make it tomorrow to take to a friends so hopefully I'll be a grown up and check the pantry in time :)

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  16. That looks very good! Thanks for recipe...
    You just made me very hungry!

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  17. I like this and it is different than any other soup I make.
    YUM.

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  18. Lemons are such a versatile and healthy fruit in the kitchen. This recipe looks amazing.

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  19. Lemon and chicken - the perfect combination.

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  20. I love lemons, and especiall those named Snicket.

    What a great quote!

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  21. this sounds and looks delish.
    i wish i lived next door.
    xxx hahahah

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  22. Tess,

    This soup looks wonderful!

    Trulyfool

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  23. Lemony things are just what we need at the moment. Yellow is my favorite color in March, and my house is filled with bouquets of daffodils, forsythia and pussy willow.

    The soup sounds lovely. Just yesterday, I was hosting a 50th birthday lunch and I made a quiche with a lemon pastry crust and a chicken/mozzarella filling. Great minds, huh?

    I adore the clever Lemony Snicket and these are particularly good lines of his.

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  24. Oh yes I love those rotisserie chickens! It is always good to have a new recipe for them. I love lemon so my guess is I will love this:)

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  25. Do you mind if I use your quote? It's just right on!

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  26. looking through your recipes again. I love how you crop your pictures. you have such a great eye.

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  27. Thanks, Angella! Actually, I seldom crop them, just get in really close with the macro!

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