Cock-a-leekie soup

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Cock-a-leekie soup
Cock-a-leekie Soup.jpg
Type Soup
Place of origin Scotland
Main ingredients Leeks, chicken stock, sometimes prunes
Cookbook: Cock-a-leekie soup  Media: Cock-a-leekie soup

Cock-a-leekie soup is a Scottish soup dish consisting of leeks and peppered chicken stock, often thickened with rice, or sometimes barley. The original recipe added prunes during cooking, and traditionalists still garnish with a julienne of prunes.

While it is called “Scotland’s National Soup,” it probably originated as a chicken and onion soup in France.[1] By the 16th century, it had made its way to Scotland, where the onions were replaced with leeks.[2] The first recipe was printed in 1598,[2] though the name “cock-a-leekie” did not come into use until the 18th century.[3]

There are vegetarian versions of this soup. The vegetarian version has leeks and may include mixed vegetables, chicken flavoured meat substitute and/or prunes. [4]

Cockie Leekie was also one of two choices of soup on the Titanic's lunch menu the day it sank on April 14th, 1912. [5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitman, Joan. Craig Claiborne’s The New York Times Food Encyclopedia. New York:New York Times Company, 1985
  2. ^ a b Ayto, John. An A to Z of Food & Drink, John Ayto. Oxford:Oxford University Press, 2002
  3. ^ Davidson, Alan. Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson. Oxford:Oxford University Press, 1999
  4. ^ Vegetarian Cock-A-Leekie Soup
  5. ^ http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/876/493/titanicmenu.jpg?ve=1&tl=1