Friday, November 8, 2019

Vanetzi Ashkile (Spinach Soup), another treasured recipe from from the Holy Trinity Armenian Church Guild's, ‘The Armenian and Selected Favorite Recipes Cookbook’

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!
Just a reminder, if you’d like to order a copy, for yourself – or as a gift – details are below.

Vanetzi Ashkile (Spinach Soup)            Yield: 4 Servings

2 lbs. stew meat (beef or lamb)
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 small (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
3-4 cups chicken or vegetable broth or water
1/2 cup dzedzadz (also known as wheat berries or whole wheat kernels)
2 large carrots, diced
1 medium bunch green onions, chopped
1 medium bunch parsley, chopped
1 small bunch cilantro, chopped (optional)
Salt, pepper, to taste
2 medium bunches fresh spinach, washed, chopped
Juice of 1 large lemon – or - 1/2 lb. rhubarb, finely chopped
4 medium eggs, optional
1/2 cube (4 Tbsp.) butter - or - 1/4 cup olive oil, to taste
Dzedzadz  kernels (wheat berries) 
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 cover the meat; bring to a gentle boil. Cover pot, and braise for about one hour, stirring occasionally.

Add the tomato sauce, the rest of the broth or water, dzedzadz, carrots, green onions, parsley, cilantro – if using, and seasonings, and bring to a full boil. Stir, reduce heat, and simmer for 25-35 minutes until the meat and dzedzadz are tender.

Add the spinach and lemon juice (or rhubarb). Add more broth or water, as needed, to make a stew-like consistency. Simmer for 10 minutes or until spinach (and rhubarb, if using) is/are cooked.

(Optional, crack the eggs, one at a time, into a separate bowl. Gently add each egg to the pot and steam for a few minutes until egg whites are set.)

How to order a copy of ‘The Armenian and Selected Favorite Recipes Cookbook’:
The cost to purchase a copy of the cookbook is $20.00 plus $5.00
for shipping.
To place an order, please call or contact:
Ms. Nazik Arisian
Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church
2226 Ventura St.
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 486-1141 (office)
Make check payable to: Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church.

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