Clear Beef Broth

This clear beef broth recipe is a typical German dish that is served either as a starter or even a main course at festive occasions. The soup is prepared with stewing beef, bones, 

vegetables and Eierstich (Specially prepared Eggs) that add nutrition, taste and visual appeal to this hearty broth. Enjoy it just with egg and meat or add some soup vegetables and soup pasta to make it more filling.


Preparation time: 15 minutes 
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Cooking time: at least 120 minutes
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Resting time: 0 minutes
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Total time needed: at least 2 H 15 minutes
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Grade of Difficulty: standard

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Serves 4




Ingredients
for
Clear Beef Broth

  • 1 liter / 4 cups of beef stock
  • 1 liter / 4 cups of water
  • 500 gram / 17.6 oz stewing beef with bones
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 3 small carrots, diced (optional - use different colored carrots)
  • 1 celery stick, diced
  • 1 broccoli floret
  • 2 baby zucchini, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 clove
  • 3 cloves of garlic (use less if you prefer)
  • A pinch nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste



Directions

  • Place water and beef stock in a large pot
  • Add meat and soup vegetables to the pot, cover with a lid and switch on the stove to medium heat. It is very important to add the meat to the cold water otherwise you risk that the broth will become cloudy
  • Let the soup slowly warm up till it starts to gently boil. Reduce the heat and let the soup simmer for 60 minutes, using a strainer 3 or 4 times to remove the brownish broth from the surface of the soup.
  • While the soup is gently simmering you can prepare the Green Eierstich
  • After 1 hour add the bay leaf, clove, garlic, nutmeg to the pot and let everything simmer for another 45 minutes
  • Now remove meat, bones and soup vegetables from the pot
  • Separate the meat from the bones and place it back into the soup.
  • Next add the Eierstich
  • Add 1/2 cup of small pasta to the soup (optional)
  • Let the soup gently simmer for another 10 minutes
  • Add a little parsley and some of the diced carrots to the beef broth before you serve it.

Eat hot with slices of buttered brown bread or toast.




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