This is one of those posts where I imagine someone asking “Wait, you moved to NYC and you’re wasting time recreating a deli soup from Michigan?” In a word, yes. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I’ve found it to be especially true of food. When you can’t get it, that’s when you have to have it, am I right?
As the snow keeps punishing Manhattan this week, I’m craving my favorite comfort food from home — avgolemono, also known as Greek chicken lemon rice soup. Growing up outside of Detroit, this soup was (and still is!) served in all of the Coney Island diners in the area. It was my standard order. When I moved to New York, I never expected how much I’d miss picking up a quart of the soup to go for chilly evenings.
Do you have leftover turkey stock in the freezer? Maybe from Thanksgiving? This version of the classic Greek avgolemono soup made with turkey is the ultimate comfort food — creamy, full of tender rice and shredded turkey, and with the perfect lemony bite. And it only takes five ingredients. I imagine you have most of them in your fridge or pantry right now.
This version has fewer eggs than some of the recipes out there and no additional thickeners, which keeps it from feeling too rich. I used whole eggs here for simplicity, but this soup is a great use for leftover egg yolks. Now that I know how simple avgolemono is to make, I can’t believe I haven’t been making it for years.
- 2 quarts turkey stock (or low-sodium chicken broth)
- 3/4 cup long grain white rice
- 2 cups roasted turkey, shredded
- 4 eggs
- 2 lemons, juiced
- Heat broth in a large, heavy bottomed pot until boiling.
- Add rice, reduce heat to a simmer, cover. Cook 8-10 minutes, until rice is almost fully cooked but still al dente.
- Lower heat and add shredded turkey.
- In a medium bowl, beat eggs and then whisk in lemon juice.
- One ladle at a time, whisk hot soup slowly into egg mixture. This will temper the eggs and allow them to heat without curdling. Once you have added 3 or 4 ladles, pour warm egg mixture into soup pot.
- Cook, while stirring, until soup has thickened slightly but has not come to a boil.
- Serve immediately with a salad and crusty bread.
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