Monday, March 23, 2009

Waterzooi

This traditional Belgian meal is one of my absolute favorite meals of all time! :) Being from Belgium, of course it has always been a staple in our diet. Growing up, my mom made this soup often and I always requested it as my "Birthday dinner". This recipe is my own. I've never actually looked up a recipe for Waterzooi, but have always made it based on how I remember my mom or my Grandma making it and how it seemed at restaurants.. Hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp butter (use real butter, it tastes so much better)
2 leeks
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
4 baby red potatoes
2 large boneless chicken breasts
4 cans (14 oz) chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 egg yolk
1 tsp dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
Crusty French baguette

DIRECTIONS

Peel, slice and dice vegetables. (For leeks, first slice and seperate, then wash. It's easier to get all of the dirt and grime out that way.)
Melt butter in a deep pot.
Saute vegetables on medium high for 5 minutes.
Add broth and chicken.
Add basil, salt and pepper.
Turn heat to high, cover and set timer for 20 minutes.
Once stew is boiling, turn down to medium or medium high (so it doesn't boil over).

Whisk cream and egg together.
Add a ladle of broth into the cream and egg mixture to temper it, then add to the waterzooi, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.

Ladle into bowl and don't forget your French baguette for dipping!

1 comment:

brannyboilsover said...

Looks like a great family recipe -- similar to the Americans' Chicken Soup. I am glad you shared!