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Friday, January 11, 2013

CHURRASCADO WITH 13TH C RECIPE FOR HEN SOPES


Scorching the Pig's Skin with Dried Grass
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(fr. churrar, to toast), Eng. a slaughtered pig sufficiently toasted after scorching the skin with dried grass. See chamuscar. escoberas and socarrar. [Pers. Memories. Slaughters Mostoles. 2000-2001:2003; and Serradilla.1996:142]

HEN SOPES ADAPTED FROM FADALAT 13 SOPA DESMIGADA LLAMADA AL-MUKARRARA (“LA REPEDIDA”)[1] p 88-89 (Marin)

Ingredients

Thickening the Broth with Breadcrumbs
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6 onions
1 he
¼ c olive oil
1 ½ tsp white pepper
1 tbsp cilantro chopped
¾ c breadcrumbs
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp spikenard root[2]
4 eggs

Preparation

Skin the onions and cut into quarters. Put them in a food processor and purée them. Strain them letting the juice run into a bowl. This makes about ½ c onion juice. Save it and discard the solid parts of the onions.

Not only Decorative, Tasty Too!
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Wash a hen, fattened with barley, inside and out. Chop off the appendages and cut the breast in half. Fry it in a frying pan with olive oil. Add 1 tsp pepper, cilantro and onion juice.  Pour 1 qt water over it and gently boil until the meat falls off the bones, which can take up to two hours.

When cooked remove the hen from the pan. Pour some of the broth over the breadcrumbs in a clay dish. Keep adding broth until it has thickened. 

Then remove the bones from the chicken, shred the meat and place the pieces on top of the sopes.

Sprinkle with cinnamon, pepper and spikenard. Separate the yolks from the whites of the eggs and decorate the dish with the raw egg yolks. Place the lid on top and put it over very low heat in the oven until the eggs are cooked and serve.

This sops "strengthens the blood and restores energy to those who are exhausted."



[1] The meal during the first day of the slaughter does not necessarily contain pork products as the pig is cooling off from being scorched.
[2] This can be obtained from spice retailers. On line a 4 oz root  costs $8.00. 

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