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Brotchán Foltchep/Brotchan Foltchep Recipe

A traditional Irish leek and oatmeal soup. Three pints of young nettle leaves can replace the leeks, if desired.

Key Features

  • Suitable for Vegetarians


- 6 big leeks (both white and green sections), carefully split and washed

- 25g/1oz butter

- 1 tablespoon (15ml) chopped parsley

- 2 tablespoons (30ml) flaked oatmeal

- 1.2 litres/2 pints milk or stock

- salt and freshly-ground pepper

- 150ml/¼ pint double cream (optional)


- Cut the leeks into chunks about 2.5cm/1 in long.

- Put the butter in a big saucepan and sweat the leeks until they are translucent, but not brown.

- Add the milk or stock to the pan, and add the oatmeal - bring to the boil.

- Cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally

- Season to taste, and add the parsley, and cream if using, and cook for a further minute.

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