Thursday, January 12, 2012

Nevik Soup? Why not?

How many of you made Nevik for Armenian Christmas Eve this year?

In keeping with the season, I went to a new farmer’s market on the morning of Jan. 5th and bought the most incredible bunch of Swiss chard I'd ever seen. It was so huge I had to carry it with two arms, just as you would carry two dozen long-stemmed roses.

When it was time to prepare the Nevik, I trimmed away the thick stems, washed each enormous leaf separately to make sure any sandy grit was completely washed away. I cut the leaves into manageable, bite-sized pieces, rinsed them again, and spun them dry in my ever-so-handy salad spinner. I made the Nevik as usual, but was surprised to see so little final product in the pot. It’s amazing how such an enormous amount on chard can cook down into almost nothing! It looked like a bunch of chick peas with a hint of chard. That just wasn’t going to do!

Nevik Soup!
Are you familiar with the phrase, “Necessity is the mother of invention”?  While examining my meager pot of Nevik, I came up with a plan, and created Nevik Soup.
Here’s what I did…

To the already prepared Nevik, I added:
1 medium, finely chopped onion and 1 clove minced garlic which were sautéed in olive oil
1-32 oz. box of reduced sodium beef broth                                      
 -and-
about 4 Tbsp. tomato paste

I mixed these ingredients all together, adjusted the seasonings, and allowed it to cook  gently for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring on occasion.
When all was said and done, the Nevik Soup was served with wedges of lemon and crusty bread providing a very satisfying, delicious meal.


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