Cock-a-leekie soup

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Cock-a-leekie soup
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Place of originScotland
Main ingredientsLeeks, chicken stock, sometimes prunes

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 late 16th century[2], it had made its way to Scotland, where the onions were replaced with leeks.[3] The first recipe was printed in 1598,[3] though the name "cock-a-leekie" did not come into use until the 18th century.[4]

There are vegetarian versions of this soup. The vegetarian version has leeks and may include mixed vegetables, chicken flavoured meat substitute and/or prunes.[5]

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  1. ^ Whitman, Joan. Craig Claiborne’s The New York Times Food Encyclopedia. New York:New York Times Company, 1985
  2. ^ "How to make the perfect cock-a-leekie soup". The Guardian. Retrieved October 17, 2019
  3. ^ a b Ayto, John. An A to Z of Food & Drink, John Ayto. Oxford:Oxford University Press, 2002
  4. ^ Davidson, Alan. Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson. Oxford:Oxford University Press, 1999
  5. ^ "Vegetarian Cock-A-Leekie Soup Recipe -".