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Cold Sour Soup Recipe

History of Cold Sour Soup:

Cold sour soup, also known as "Kalt Schirmls-suppe" in German, has a long history originating in Central Europe. This refreshing and tangy soup has been a popular dish among the Hungarian, Polish, and German culinary traditions for centuries. Cold sour soup is typically consumed during the hot summer months as a way to cool down and refresh the palate.

Fun Facts about Cold Sour Soup:

- Cold sour soup is often referred to as a traditional peasant dish, as it requires simple and easily accessible ingredients.
- The use of sour grass, also known as sorrel, gives this soup its distinct sour flavor. Sorrel has been used in cooking since ancient times and is known for its tart and citrusy taste.
- The addition of sugar and sour salt helps to balance out the sourness and adds a hint of sweetness to the soup.
- Cold sour soup is traditionally served chilled, making it a perfect choice for hot summer days.
- This soup can be preserved in jars, allowing it to be enjoyed at a later time.

Recipe for Cold Sour Soup:

Ingredients:
- 1 pound of sorrel leaves, washed and chopped
- 3 potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 bunch of young onions, minced
- Salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- A pinch of sour salt
- 2 well-beaten eggs

Instructions:
1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add the diced potatoes, minced onions, and a pinch of salt. Let it boil until the potatoes are tender.
2. Add the chopped sorrel leaves to the boiling water and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes to infuse the flavors.
3. Stir in the sugar and sour salt, allowing them to dissolve completely. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
4. Remove the pot from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
5. Slowly pour the well-beaten eggs into the soup while continuously stirring. Be careful not to curdle the eggs.
6. Once the eggs are incorporated, let the soup cool completely.
7. Transfer the cold sour soup into jars and refrigerate until chilled.
8. Serve the soup cold, garnished with fresh sorrel leaves or a dollop of sour cream if desired.

Similar Recipes:

1. Chłodnik - This is a Polish version of cold sour soup that includes ingredients like beets, cucumbers, and buttermilk, giving it a vibrant pink color and a creamy texture.

2. Tarator - Popular in the Balkan region, Tarator is a Bulgarian cold soup made with yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, and dill. It is typically served in the summer as a refreshing and healthy option.

3. Okroshka - Hailing from Russia, Okroshka is a cold soup that combines diced boiled vegetables, such as potatoes, radishes, and cucumbers, with kefir or kvass (a fermented beverage) and herbs.

4. Gazpacho - Originating in Spain, gazpacho is a chilled tomato-based soup that incorporates vegetables like bell peppers, cucumbers, and onions. It is often served with croutons or diced vegetables as toppings.

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