Thursday, October 09, 2008

Soup is good food

Earlier this year, I posted my personal recipe for chicken soup. I decided to make a batch tonight. I was about three-quarters finished when I discovered that I didn't have any egg noodles. Suddenly, an idea popped into my head: Put some spaghetti noodles in it and it'll be just like Campbell's chicken noodle soup, only homemade and ten times better. And that's just what I did!

Here's my recipe if you missed it the first time:

Joltin' Django's Chicken Soup


2 whole chickens
7 carrots
1 package of celery (with plenty of leaves)
2 large white onions
5 cloves of garlic
Kosher salt
Black pepper
Dried thyme
Egg Noodles


Peel three carrots and cut 'em in half
Pick out three stalks of celery that have a lot of leaves on 'em
Quarter one onion
Peel garlic cloves
Rinse chickens in cold water and pat dry

Throw chickens, carrots, celery, onion and garlic in a large stock pot and cover with water
Dump in, oh, a tablespoon of salt and an equal amount of black pepper

Bring chickens and stock vegetables to a boil
Lower heat to slow simmer and cook for 2 hours
(Note: My large stock pot didn't cost very much. Thus, it has a very thin bottom. Since I don't have a heat-diffuser, I slowly bring my chickens and vegetables up to a boil - while constantly stirring - so's nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.)

Remove chickens to a platter or shallow baking dish
Strain stock into smaller stock pot
(Note: Now, some limp-wristed chefs will tell you to skim off the little droplets of fat that rise to the surface of chicken stock. Hell, I've even heard some TV chefs say that stock should be put in the refrigerator for several hours so all of the fat can congeal at the top and be removed. As Anthony Bourdain once said, most of the flavor in a stock is concentrated in those little droplets of fat; and only a fool would remove such from a homemade stock.)

Discard boiled vegetables
Remove skin from chickens and debone; hand-pull into large chunks
Dice remaining carrots and remaining onion
Dice three large stalks of celery
Place chicken and vegetables in stock
Throw in a tablespoon of thyme and more salt if needed
Bring soup to medium simmer and cook for 10 minutes
Remove soup from burner and throw in 2 cups of egg noodles
Cover and let stand for 10 minutes, or until egg noodles are soft


RC said...

Next time I have a cold I'm calling you!

webbie said...

It looks great. I love chicken soup. One question, much garlic do you go thru in a week?

Joltin' Django said...

"[H]ow much garlic do you go thru in a week?"

At least three big bulbs a week. I do love me some garlic!