Icelandic Meat Soup > Kjötsúpa

Kjötsúpa með kartöflur og kjöti Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 lb lamb meat, cut into small pieces
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 celery stalks, sliced
- 1 leek, sliced
- 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 6 cups water
- Salt and pepper to taste

Special equipment needed:
- Large pot

Step-by-step instructions:
1. In a large pot, sauté the lamb meat until browned on all sides.
2. Add the chopped onion, sliced carrots, sliced celery, and sliced leek to the pot. Sauté for a few minutes until the vegetables are softened.
3. Add the cubed potatoes, bay leaf, dried thyme, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-2 hours, or until the lamb meat is tender.
5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Time:
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1-2 hours
5. Temperature:
Simmer on low heat.
Serving size:
4-6 servings.

Nutritional information:
Calories: 250
Fat: 10g
Carbohydrates: 20g
Protein: 20g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Beef or chicken can be used instead of lamb meat.
- Parsnips or turnips can be used instead of carrots.
- Chicken or vegetable broth can be used instead of water.

Variations:
- Add barley or rice to the soup for a heartier meal.
- Add chopped tomatoes or tomato paste for a richer flavor.
- Add chopped fresh herbs such as parsley or dill for extra freshness.

Tips and tricks:
- Skim off any foam that forms on the surface of the soup while cooking.
- Let the soup cool down before storing it in the fridge or freezer.
- Reheat the soup gently on low heat to prevent the meat from becoming tough.

Storage instructions:
Store the soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat the soup gently on low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the soup in individual bowls with a sprinkle of chopped fresh herbs on top.

Garnishes:
Chopped fresh herbs such as parsley or dill.

Pairings:
Serve the soup with crusty bread or crackers.

Suggested side dishes:
A simple green salad or roasted vegetables.

Troubleshooting advice:
If the soup is too thick, add more water or broth to thin it out. If it's too thin, let it simmer for a bit longer to reduce the liquid.

Food safety advice:
Make sure the meat is cooked through before serving. Store the soup properly in the fridge or freezer to prevent foodborne illness.

Food history:
Kjötsúpa is a traditional Icelandic lamb soup that has been enjoyed for centuries. It's a hearty and warming dish that's perfect for cold winter days.

Flavor profiles:
The soup has a savory and slightly sweet flavor from the lamb meat and vegetables. The thyme adds a subtle herbal note.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the soup as a main course for lunch or dinner.

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Region: Icelandic

Taste: Savory, Meaty, Rich, Hearty