Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins
From $40 a Day, this comes from Brussels, Belgium. Comfort food!
- 1 large whole chicken
- 4 carrots, cut in 1-inch pieces
- 3 celery ribs, cut in 1-inch pieces
- 4 shallots, coarsely chopped (or small onions)
- 1⁄4 cup parsley, chopped
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 2 leeks, cut in 1-inch pieces
- 16 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 cup cream
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- Stock: Place the chicken in a pot of water, covering the chicken entirely. Add 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, and 1 onion, cut into approximately 1-inch pieces. Add parsley, thyme and a bay leaf and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to medium low and cook until chicken is cooked, about 20-30 minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
- Cut the remaining carrots, celery, onions into 1-inch sticks and place them in a saucepan with water to cover. Cut the leeks into 1-inch sticks, slice the mushrooms and add to saucepan. Parboil vegetables in salted water about 15 minutes. Take out the chicken when poached (no red color must be seen under the skin) and discard vegetables from stock. Strain the chicken stock through a strainer. Remove the skin from the chicken and cut chicken into 8 pieces. Put the chicken and the parboiled vegetables into the stock. Mix the egg yolks with the cream and add to the stock. Add the lemon juice and butter. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
- I cook the second set of vegs. in the chicken stock to give more flavor. You could use canned chicken broth too.
- Serve in soup plates with boiled potatoes or white steamed rice. Enjoy!
Quite enjoyable flavor, which received thumbs up from my Belgian husband. The liquid portion was more liquid than I would have hoped (I like a more stew-like consistency, but according to my dh, acceptable for waterzooi). Four portions is an underestimate in my opinion; serves at least 6, generously. Allow me to be pedantic, for a moment: it doesn't come from Brussels at all, but rather from the city of Ghent (my dh's birthplace)- to accredit it to Brussels is tantatmount to crediting Boston Cream Pie to Chicago (the dish is properly known as GENTSE WATERZOOI). Waterzooi, by the way, is translated as "mess" or "a whole lot of"; it was the poor people's way of stretching a few ingredients a long way. It really is comfort food, and this is a good recipe for it-one, I think, my mother-in-law would be proud of. Thanks for posting, Sharon.