Christine Datian shares another special recipe, Vanetzi Ashkile (Spinach Soup), from the Holy Trinity Armenian Church Guild Cookbook, ‘The Armenian and Selected Favorite Recipes Cookbook’, just in time for the cooler season ahead.
It’s hearty, healthy and delicious!
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A hearty, healthy, delicious soup perfect for cooler weather.
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 1hour45minutes
Total Time 2hours15minutes
2lbs.stewing beef or lambboneless
2large clovesgarlic chopped
1large onion thinly sliced
18-oz,can tomato sauce
3-4cupschicken or vegetable broth, or water
½cupwheat berries, shelled wheat or whole wheat kernelsalso known as 'dzedzadz'. Shelled wheat is sold in Middle Eastern stores.
1medium bunchgreen onions chopped
1medium bunchparsley chopped
1small bunchcilantro, choppedoptional
Salt, pepper to taste
2medium bunchesfresh spinach washed, chopped
1largelemon Juiced – or – 1/2 lb. rhubarb, finelychopped
4Tbsp.butter -or – 1/4 cup olive oil to taste
Brown stew meat in a large pot in butter or olive oil,tossing, until meat is brown on all sides. Add the onions and garlic,and sauté until onions are translucent.
Add just enough of the broth or water to coverthe meat; bring to a gentle boil. Cover pot, and braise for aboutone hour, stirring occasionally.
Add the tomato sauce, the rest of the broth orwater, dzedzadz, carrots, green onions, parsley, cilantro – if using, and seasonings, and bring to a full boil. Stir, reduce heat, and simmer for25-35 minutes until the meat and dzedzadz are tender.
Add the spinach and lemon juice (or rhubarb). Add morebroth or water, as needed, to make a stew-like consistency. Simmer for10 minutes or until spinach (and rhubarb, if using) is/are cooked.
Optional: crack the eggs, one at a time, into a separatebowl. Gently add each egg to the pot and steam for a few minutes until eggwhites are set.