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CockaLeekie Soup

Recipes for CockaLeekie soup or Cock a Leekie soup date back to the 1500's and my version embraces the traditional use of prunes and pearl barley and is a real winter warmer!

Regular readers will probably have formed the opinion that I am largely still a child and the smile that the name of this recipe causes to spread across my face will only underline that, cockaleekie soup is a gloriously old fashioned recipe and not just for its really rather wonderful name! In fact the name really is not that imaginative and could very well be something a ‘cutsey’ parent comes up with to encourage a small child to eat their dinner.

However the name and the recipe dates back to the 1500’s in the UK and when I say not very imaginative, it would have at one time contained an old cock (rooster you filthy animals) and leeks! As we are no longer fresh out of the middle ages things have moved on and now cockaleekie soup contains chicken and leeks, although I have often made this with cock when our sitter hatched to many of the buggers and it is fantastic. But I guess not many of you are able to get your hands on a tough old rooster!

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Recipes for CockaLeekie soup or Cock a Leekie soup date back to the 1500's and my version embraces the traditional use of prunes and pearl barley and is a real winter warmer!

Cockaleekie soup joins a pretty long list of recipe names that just make me smile and I will continue to bring you all of my favourites as time passes by here on krumplie. We already have crumpets, bubble and squeak, toad in the hole and of course rarebit, I may even hove to break out another dessert and go full on childish with my rendition of ‘spotted dick’ 😉

Recipes for CockaLeekie soup or Cock a Leekie soup date back to the 1500's and my version embraces the traditional use of prunes and pearl barley and is a real winter warmer!
5 from 3 votes
Recipes for CockaLeekie soup or Cock a Leekie soup date back to the 1500's and my version embraces the traditional use of prunes and pearl barley and is a real winter warmer!
CockaLeekie Soup
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 
Course: Soup
Cuisine: British
Servings: 4
Calories: 469 kcal
Author: Brian Jones
Ingredients
  • 2 Chicken Legs Approx 300g each
  • 1 L Chicken Stock
  • 50 g Celery Finely sliced
  • 300 g Leeks Sliced into 5mm rings
  • 50 g Prunes
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 1/2 Dried Thyme
  • 75 g Pearl Barley
Instructions
  1. Take your chicken stock and add in the diced celery, thyme, bay leaf and chicken legs and simmer for 40 minutes.

  2. After 40 minutes throw in the white part of the leaks, pearl barley and the prunes and cook for a further 20 minutes.

  3. Now add in the green part of the leaks and cook for a further 10-15 minutes.

  4. Finally remove the chicken legs and discard the bones and skin and cut up the meat and return to the pan.

2018-04-18T11:53:00+00:00

6 Comments

  1. Natalie January 26, 2018 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    What an interesting recipe! I never heard of this soup before, but the combo of chicken and prunes sounds like something I should try. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Brian Jones January 27, 2018 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Its a very old and traditional combination dating back to a time when travel and refrigeration were much more difficult… But they stand up really well in the modern kitchen.

  2. April January 26, 2018 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    The name does sound quite funny and cute. I love learning about traditional vintage recipes and this one is very vintage. I love all kinds of soups so I’m sure I would love this one. Perfect comfort food especially now that it’s so cold outside.

    • Brian Jones January 27, 2018 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Definitely old fashioned comfort food, enjoy.

  3. Danielle January 26, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    I’m happy to eat anything with leeks! I never considered adding prunes to a soup, what an interesting idea. I love old/different recipes like this. I mean, there are a million chicken soup recipes, so it is refreshing to see something different!

    • Brian Jones January 27, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

      We very quickly forget the old recipes in favour of what ever is doing well on Pinterest or Instagram, I’m much more interested in older flavour combinations and recipes.

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