Bowl of Lentil Everything Soup
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Lentil Everything Soup
Russia

Makes:
Effort:
Sched:
DoAhead:  
6 qts  
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3 hrs  
Yes

This is obviously a soup for a crowd. If needed, it can be extended even further with a cup of boiled water and 1/2 cup of rice, stirred in for the final 30 minutes. See also Comments.



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Lentils (1)
Smoked Ham Hock
Water
Bay Leaf
-- Vegetables
Onion
Garlic
Celery & leaves
Carrots
Tomatoes
Eggplant
Potatoes
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Cooked Meats (2)
-- Seasonings
Worcestershire Sauce  
Lemon Juice
Cayenne
Curry Powder
Salt
Pepper
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Olive Oil
-- Garnish
Lemon
Parsley, chopped  
-- Serve with
Sour Cream
Yogurt
Prep   -   (1-1/4 hr)
  1. Chop ONIONS fine. Crush GARLIC and chop small. Mix.
  2. Chop CELERY medium. Peel CARROTS. Split in half lengthwise (if large) and cut crosswise into 1/4 inch pieces. Mix with Onions.
  3. Scald TOMATOES 1 minute in boiling water, quench in cold water, peel and cut into about 1/2 inch pieces.
  4. Peel EGGPLANT and dice about 1/2 inch. Hold in Water acidulated with Lemon Juice or Citric Acid until needed.
  5. Peel POTATOES and cut into 1/2 inch dice. Hold in cold water until needed.
  6. Chop COOKED MEATS into about 1/2 inch chunks.
  7. Mix all Seasonings.
Run   -   (1-3/4 hrs)
  1. Place Lentils, Ham Hock and Bay Leaves in a pot with 12 cups Water. Bring to a boil and simmer about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile:   In a spacious sauté pan, heat 1-1/2 T Olive Oil and fry stirring over moderate heat until Onions threaten to color.
  3. Stir in Tomatoes and continue to fry stirring until soft and their liquid is nearly gone.
  4. When Soup has simmered 30 minutes, stir in Onion mix and Seasoning mix. Continue to simmer for another 30 minutes.
  5. Drain Potatoes and Eggplants. Stir both into the Soup along with Cooked Meats. Bring to a boil and set to a simmer for another 30 minutes..
  6. When Soup is nearly done, fish out the Ham Hock and strip off the meat. Cut the meat into 1/2 inch chunks and return it to the soup.
  7. Just before serving, slice a LEMON fairly thin, then cut slices into 8ths. Mix into the Soup. Chop Parsley and stir in.
  8. Serve hot with Sour Cream and/or Yogurt on the side.
NOTES:
  1. Lentils:   I prefer the small green lentils because they hold together much better than the larger brown ones, giving the soup better texture.
  2. Cooked Meats:   This can be whatever you've got: Beef, Pork, Lamb, Turkey, etc. If you don't have any, use some kielbasa, or even hot dogs (yes, they eat plenty of hot dogs in Russia). For the photo example I used smoked turkey leg, smoked pork chops and pork tongue.
  3. Comments:   This recipe is from a collection assembled by a community of Russian immigrants intent on preserving their culinary culture. I have modified it some by frying the Onion mix and Tomatoes before adding to the soup, as this is the way I normally make soup. The pattern recipe just dumped them all in raw.
  4. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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