Magiritsa, the Easter soup

Magiritsa, the Easter soup

Do you want to celebrate Orthofox Easter like a Greek? Then try cooking the traditional magiritsa which is the dinner prepared and served in almost every household in Greece on Holy Saturday. Some regional versions also use rice, while the Peloponesian magiritsa recipe calls for freshly grated tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg lamb offal (heart, liver, lungs and other organs)
  • intestines from 1 lamb (optional)
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 5-6 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 3 medium romaine (cos) lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 4-5 tbsps fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/2 cup rice (optional)
  • 1/2 a cup olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
 For the egg lemon sauce 
  • 2 eggs
  • juice of 2 lemons

Cooking method

  1. To prepare this traditional Greek magiritsa recipe, clean and wash thoroughly the organs and set aside. Wash thoroughly the intestines under running water, rub them with sea salt and lemon juice and wash again. (To wash them more easily you can either slice them up lengthwise or turn them inside out.)
  2. In a large pot add the organs and plenty of water and bring to the boil. Blanch the organs in the hot water for about 3-5 minutes. Add the intestines and blanch for 5 more minutes. Drain and set aside to cool down for a while. Chop in small pieces and remove the excessive fat.
  3. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil, the chopped onions and the meat. Sauté for 5-6 minutes, until browned. Add 2-3 glasses of hot water and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the roughly chopped lettuce squeezing them down to fit and place the lid on. Cook for 10 minutes, remove the lid and season. Stir well and cook the magiritsa with the lid on for about 40-50 more minutes. (If you choose to make this magiritsa recipe with rice, stir in the rice about 10 minutes before the end of cooking time.)
  4. Prepare the egg lemon sauce for the magiritsa. Start off by separating the egg whites from the egg yolks. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks and add the lemon juice whist whisking until combined. In another bowl add the egg whites and whisk using a hand mixer until the egg whites are foamy and thick. While whisking slowly add the yolk mixture in the egg whites. Continue whisking for 1-2 minutes and gradually add 1-2 ladles of the hot broth from the magiritsa, a litte bit at a time. Make sure you add the broth slowly or the egg whites will curdle! When done, pour the mixture back into the pot and add the chopped dill. Stir well, place the lid on and leave aside for 5 minutes.
  5. Ladle the magiritsa (Greek Easter soup) while still warm into bowls and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper. Enjoy!
  6. (If you like to prepare a stock form the lamb head and neck for the magiritsa, wash thoroughly the head and neck and place in a large pot, along with two red onions. Pour in enough water to cover, season and simmer for approx. 1 hour, skimming the surface. When the meat falls from the bones, remove the pot from the stove and strain the stock. Let the stock cool down completely and skim the fat. Use the stock and equal amount of water to prepare the magiritsa soup.)
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