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Recipe for Avgolemono (Greek egg-lemon soup)

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Serves 4

The traditional egg-lemon soup in Greek kitchens begins with chicken stock in which you simmer long-grain white rice. When it’s tender, whisk in egg yolks mixed with lemon juice (the second they hit the water they start cooking); the soup reheats but never comes back to a boil. The rice makes it creamy, though no cream is added.

6cups chicken stock
½cup short-grain white rice (such as arborio)
3egg yolks
¼cup lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
2tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (for garnish)

1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring the chicken stock to a boil. Add the rice, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Remove the pan from the heat.

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2. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add a ladle of hot stock to the egg mixture, whisking constantly.

3. Whisk the egg mixture into the remaining stock in the pan. Return the saucepan to medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until steam begins to rise on the surface but do not boil. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if you like.

4. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with parsley. Debra Samuels

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