Acorda Alentejana (Portuguese Bread Soup)

"Acordas are a type of Portuguese traditional soup which are designed to make use of leftovers of the country’s much cherished staple food, stale bread. The Moors, the medieval Arabs who occupied the Iberian Peninsula for nearly 800 years, made copious and imaginative use of stale bread, employing it to thicken, enrich and bulk out everything they could think of. The best kind of bread is a thick crusty bread, like a country bread or peasant bread. Try and not use crustless or thinly crusted types of bread as they don't hold up well in the soup and typically turn to mush."
 
Acorda Alentejana (Portuguese Bread Soup) created by mfh71180
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  • If the bread isn't already stale, spread the chunks on a baking sheet and dry out in a 250 degree F oven for about an hour.
  • Process the garlic, cilantro and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a paste in a food processor (or use a mortar and pestle if you feel like a workout). Spoon into the bottom of a large, heatproof serving bowl or soup tureen.
  • Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Poach the eggs in it, one at a time, removing to a plate when the whites have set but the yolks are still runny.
  • Pour the still-boiling water (don't worry about any egg bits in it) over the garlic-cilantro paste in the bowl, stir to combine, and add the oil and more salt to taste.
  • Add the bread and let soak for 5 minutes. Taste and add more salt if necessary, or more water if it seems too thick; there should be broth to slurp.
  • Top the soup with the poached eggs and serve immediately.
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    Acorda Alentejana (Portuguese Bread Soup) Created by mfh71180
  2. mfh71180
    I was amazed something simple could taste so good a great use for some stale Dutch Tiger Crunch Bread in my cupboard; had similar soup in the campesino Ecuador w/ pototates as a staple but the egg is a nice touch, I can see this with some shrimp and Linguiça on the rim
     
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    Acordas are a type of Portuguese traditional soup which are designed to make use of leftovers of the country’s much cherished staple food, stale bread. The Moors, the medieval Arabs who occupied the Iberian Peninsula for nearly 800 years, made copious and imaginative use of stale bread, employing it to thicken, enrich and bulk out everything they could think of. The best kind of bread is a thick crusty bread, like a country bread or peasant bread. Try and not use crustless or thinly crusted types of bread as they don't hold up well in the soup and typically turn to mush.
     
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