A consommé is a broth that has been clarified for a crystal clear appearance. Try it for a warm soup in this recipe with Basmati rice and chicken.
There is elegance in simplicity and nothing proves that better than consommé. This clarified broth is full of flavor and while the process may seem complicated, it’s merely a matter of letting your ingredients do the work for you!
Prepare rice according to package directions.
Thinly slice green onions, reserving green parts; set aside.
In large bowl, lightly whisk egg whites until frothy. Stir in white parts of green onions, ground chicken, celery, carrot and crushed eggshells. Add mixture to large saucepan; pour in broth.
Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, just until ground meat mixture starts to solidify on top of broth (this is called a raft) and broth starts to simmer (it is important to stop stirring when raft forms and broth starts to boil or the raft will break apart and won’t remove impurities, so broth will remain cloudy).
Reduce heat to low. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, make a hole in middle of raft to allow broth to bubble through. Cook for 30 to 35 mins or until broth is clear and flavorful.
Line a fine-mesh sieve with a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Using a ladle, carefully strain consommé into bowl or saucepan (do not break raft while straining, as this will cause consommé to become cloudy). Remove any grease on top by blotting grease with a paper towel.
Season consommé with salt. Evenly divide rice and chicken among 4 bowls; spoon hot consommé over top. Garnish with reserved green onions.
Serve consommé with a splash of sherry for lovely additional flavor.