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Cock-a-Leekie Broth Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

Olive oil or butter for frying
4 leeks washed and sliced
1 carrot diced
1 onion diced
1 to 2 cups of cooked chicken
1 tablespoon of fresh sage chopped fine for the garnish, more if you like it.
1 cup of barley
1 to 2 pints of stock chicken or vegetable
salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat the olive oil or butter in a pan, just cover lightly the base of the pan
2. Fry the onion on a medium heat until soft about 5 minutes
3. Add the leek and carrot and cook on a medium heat until they are softer about 5 minutes. You can out the pan lid on. It is called sweating the vegetables. Add a spot more olive oil if necessary.
4. Add the barley
5. Add the stock, enough to cover the vegetables and enough to allow for the barley soaking up the liquid.
6. Cook until the barley is soft, about 30 minutes on a medium simmer.
7. Add salt and pepper to taste .
8. Add the cooked chicken and warm through about 5 minutes.
9. Serve and garnish with the sage

Variations

Add garlic with the onion
Leave out the barley and use more leeks and carrots
When finished cooking put half into a blender to make a smooth soup
Serve with crispy toast
Add a swirl of fresh cream
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves or thyme
I hope this has given you ideas for a hearty Cock-a-Leekie Broth or soup
Thanks for reading
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