Latgalian recipes: Fish soup

This recipe is taken from "Īsakūd Latgolā", a program on Latvian Television exploring the culinary delights of the Latgale region in Latvia. With several rivers and hundreds of lakes, Latgale is particularly strong when it comes to the use of freshwater fish in its cuisine. This one has the benefit of not requiring any specific species - whatever you catch can go into the pot.

Ingredients:

various kinds of freshwater fish

onions

bay leaves

black pepper

1 kg potatoes

2-3 carrots

3-4 tomatoes

100 g butter

vodka

salt

a sprig of greens

 

Directions:

1. Scale the fish and boil them in saltwater. While boiling, add the onions, bay leaves and black pepper.

2. Once cooked, take the fish from the pot and remove the flesh from the bones. Put the flesh back into the soup.

3. Add cut potatoes, carrots and tomatoes to the soup. Since the freshwater fish are not fatty, add a little butter.

4. Towards the end, add a dash of vodka and bring the soup to a boil before adding the greens and serving.

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