Romanian Recipes: Gem Lettuce Broth
A Romanian traditional summer dish: gem lettuce broth with lovage and poached egg
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Servings: 2 portions
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- stems and leaves of a small bunch of lovage finely chopped
- 1 baby gem lettuce roughly chopped
- 500 ml vegetable stock
- 250 ml full fat Greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 lemon juice only
- sunflower oil
- fresh dill
Heat the vegetable stock in a small pan and set it aside.
In a medium sized pan, gently heat the oil, then add the onion, and allow to sweat on medium heat, until the it is soft.
Add the garlic, lovage stems and half of the chopped lettuce (the part form the core). Lower the heat and allow to cook for further 5 minutes.
Add the stock and yogurt and gently whisk to combine them together. Season with salt and bring to a gentle boil. Finally add the remaining chopped lettuce leaves and continue to boil for about 2-3 minutes. In the end, add the chopped lovage leaves and dill.
Separately, poach the eggs and set them aside.
To serve, place a generous amount of broth in a bowl, add the poached egg and season with lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper