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20.3.15

French Egg Drop Soup: Côte d' Azur Cure-All Soup #French Fridays with Dorie

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As a kid when you got sick in my house you ate toast and drank tea. If you coughed at night you got a shot of blackberry brandy, and if you wanted soup it was chicken. 

My mother's best friend Rhoda always reminded her to give us "Jewish Penicillin" when we were ill, so chicken soup was our go to cure-all.

Now eggs did have a place as a hangover cure in our family. I can remember my grandfather, after having too much of his 150 proof homemade wine, swallowing a raw egg with a shot of Tabasco sauce. He swore that the egg, and a pot of coffee got rid of any hangover.


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The only time of year I can remember eating egg drop soup was at Easter, because eggs are symbolic of rebirth. My grandmother made an egg drop soup with little meatballs that I still make when I host Easter, which isn't very often. 

Back to the Côte d' Azur, I found the proportions of this soup not to my liking, too much sage and parmesan for me. I really dislike water based soups, and you already know my opinion on bouquet garni (satchels of herbs) so that wasn't happening... dried herbs are fine in soup if you bloom them by heating them in oil for a short time. 

I had to add some scallions and carrots to fill out the soup a little and balance the garlic with the sweetness of carrots. I served my version with rustic homemade bread to make it a complete meal. 

Everyone in my family really enjoyed the garlic which is warming on a rainy Spring day, and the egg yolk reminded us that Easter is almost here... and our extended family will be coming out of hibernation. 



French Egg Drop Soup



by Diane Balch Inspired by Dorie Greenspan's "Côte d' Azur Cure-All Soup" From Around My French Table
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: soup/stew entree gluten-free eggs garlic French spring

Ingredients (4 to 6)
  • 4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 cloves of garlic minced (with green sprouts removed if any)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of dried sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped small
  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 cups of chicken broth
  • 6 egg yolks beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

1) In a large sauce pan heat olive oil and add: sage, thyme, then carrots and scallions, salt and pepper.

2) Stir regularly when the vegetables start to soften add the garlic. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes. Do not let the garlic brown (it will get bitter.)

3) Add the chicken broth and bay leaf, bring to a boil.

4) Lower the heat to a simmer for a good 10 minutes until vegetables are completely soft. Then slowly whisk in egg yolks and add parmesan cheese.

Serve with rustic bread or over rice... small pasta is also nice.
Have additional parmesan cheese available for individuals to add more to their taste.

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Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 

34 comments:

  1. Very nice adaptions, Diane, and good explanations as to why you made each one. But, what I really learned from this Post was to always have eggs, Tabasco Sauce and coffee on hand in case you have a hangover (which I really do - but just-in-case). I am trying to imagine if you swallow the Tabasco Sauce and raw egg at the same time (Gag. Gag. Gag.) and follow it with coffee. Obviously, we never did this while I was growing up in Iowa! My childhood was wayyyy different than yours. Your soup does look delicious and I am glad that your family liked it.

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    1. You crack the egg into a glass. Squirt the tabasco sauce on and drink it down like whiskey. The coffee is for later.

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  2. What, no slow cooker?
    This reminded me of egg drop soup- especially since I used a whole egg :-)

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    1. Too fast of a soup... I think eggs would turn out like glue in a slow cooker. Don't worry we have a few more recipes that I'm sure I can figure out how to put in a slow cooker.

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  3. I love your additions! Makes a beautiful and heartier soup! I can always count on you for some nice twists :)

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  4. I love your style and story, I have had a similar soup with spinach added and it was really good. I want to try it your way, it looks really good. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Annie... I think this is a classic soup that Europeans and Asians have alway made.

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  5. Your adaptions sound great and turn it into a soup which I would probably enjoy while not sick. Not sure about the raw egg and tabasco for a hangover though. The tabasco sounds like it would make things worse rather than better.

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    1. I never tried my grandfather's cure. I do eat a fatty breakfast if I am hung over and I've read that there is something to doing that...fat distracts your body from the hangover.

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  6. Diane please make some extra and I'll pay you! I love your blog. I haven't the time nor the desire to cook.

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    1. It is already gone Letty. I think you need to get those girls cooking for you. Anya could make this soup.

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  7. I wish my mother had a best friend named Rhoda. I would have really liked that. I had also thought of doing this egg drop style as I couldn't envision a very appetizing looking soup as written. My curiosity at how it would turn out got the best of me. I didn't have a cold and the weather here was 80 degrees but I did find making this soup had some curative effect nonetheless!

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    1. Rhoda and Aaron Cohen and odd combination with Grace and Anthony Papa back in the 1960's, but my father grew up in an Italian/Jewish neighborhood.
      I am perplexed how other's soups came out thin with all the cheese in the original recipe.... very interesting, indeed.

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  8. This is such a great soup!!
    I'd looooooooooooooo to try it. I'd just use veggie broth

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    1. Thanks Winnie, with a little pasta or rice this is a complete meal.

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  9. The texture of your soup is so lovely. I wish mine had strands of egg like yours. It was completely smooth, except for the garlic slices.

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    1. I was wondering why everyone's was so smooth? I'm thinking it's because of all the cheese. I only put a tablespoon. The original recipe has the cheese portion higher than the egg.

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  10. To me this was stracciatella, with the addition of garlic. Normally, I use the whole egg in the chicken soup, but this was good.
    As for curing anything, who knows.

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    1. Keeps away vampires, that's for sure.

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  11. I had a grandmother named Rhoda. Your soup turned out the way I imagined that mine would look (but didn't). I think you got more of storm than we did yesterday. We had only a dusting and didn't require shoveling. Yay!

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    1. I'm sure your grandmother believed in chicken soup. I never want to eat eggs when I don't feel well. We got a few inches but it warmed up and we only have a little of it left. Spring storm, no biggy.

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  12. Nice adaptation! I think your Grandfather's hangover cure works because you'd be so traumatized by the egg-Tabasco combination that you'd forget about the hangover itself.

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  13. Your soup looks quite delicious, Diane! Nana’s right…it does look like stracciatella. Love your adaptations…very nice! A perfect soup to welcome in the spring, especially when it’s a rainy, cold day!

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  14. I have to say I had to run over and see what French Egg Drop Soup was all about. Visiting from the last See Ya in the Gumbo. Tear drop! This looks delicious. Can't wait to try it. Pinning! Thank you so much for your recipe!

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    1. Thanks for coming by Denise. Yes, I'm going to miss See ya in the Gumbo too. Michelle hosted such a great party.

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  15. Your version sounds good. Have a great week.

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  16. I like how you mix things up to your taste. I thought I'd hate this, and was surprised when I found it quite tasty.

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  17. Thank you for contributing to Motivation Monday!

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  18. Hi Diane,
    We are enjoying a beautiful spring day and the sun is shinning. Your soup would be a great addition to any day it looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  19. Hi Diane, Your egg drop soup looks lovely! Love all the fresh herbs! Not sure I could manage your Grandfather's hangover cure though :-) Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop :-)

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  20. Hi Diane- I made this today and it's wonderful! Adding it to my blog and will also include your link.

    Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

    Linda
    https://bestoflongislandandcentralflorida.blogspot.com

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