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Majeiritsa (Easter Lamb Soup)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped, or 6 to 7 green onions, finely chopped
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound boneless lamb, trimmed of excess fat and cut into1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/3 cup long-grain rice
  • 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, add the olive oil. Sauté onions until soft, about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, lamb, parsley and dill. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 1 hour.
  2. Add rice and continue simmering until soft, about 20 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks and lemon juice until frothy. Gradually add 1 to 2 cups of hot soup to egg mixture, beating vigorously with a whisk to keep eggs from curdling.
  4. Pour the egg mixture back into the pot, stirring well. Simmer for 1 minute; do not boil.
  5. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

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