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Bulgarian Chicken Paprikash Soup
A few months back Shannon and I went to a cooking class hosted by Barry and Meta West - "Traveling through Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Crotia with Barry and Meta." We learned to make an Eastern European Dinner. Tonight I made two items from what we learned, the Hungarian Dobostrorte and the Bulgarian Chicken Papriskash Soup. This is a healthy soup! Shannon loves bread - so I made a small loaf in my bread machine - got to love that thing!
3 to 4 tablespoons oil or butter
2 cups diced onion
1 cup diced celery
1 green pepper diced
1/2 to 1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 TB Hungarian paprika
4 to 6 cups chicken stock or more as needed
2 cups canned tomatoes, diced
1/2 to 3/4 cup sour cream (or leave out if you prefer a clear soup)
2 lbs. cooked chicken meat, shredded
Salt and pepper to taste
Additional sour cream and paprika for garnish, if desired.
In a large soup pot, heat the oil or butter and saute the onion, celery, green pepper, and mushrooms until soft (I did not use oil or butter). Add the paprika and 4 to 6 cups chicken stock. Bring to boil then turn down to a simmer. Add the diced tomatoes and additional chicken broth as needed. Bring to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Add the sour cream if using. Add the chicken meat; heat through. To serve: ladle soup into bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkling of paprika if desired.
NOTE: I made my own chicken stock. I took 4 cups of water and placed in large pan. Added three boneless skinless chicken breasts (they were frozen). Added minced garlic, 2 diced celery sticks, 1 small onion, parsley, salt and pepper. (I used one onion for the broth, then sauteed one onion as directed in recipe). Boiled/simmered chicken for about 40 minutes. Removed chicken and used liquid for the broth. If you like a lot of juice, I would suggest using 6 cups when making the broth. I started with 4 cups, but at the end of boiling my chicken only had about 3 cups.