Ajnpren juha – Croatian egg drop soup

Ajnpren juha – Croatian egg drop soup

Ajnpren Juha - Croatian egg drop soup

Memories of my childhood are a little patchy, to say the least. I guess that’s expected when I’m at the halfway point in my life. I’m amazed at how pathetic my memory is these days!

One distant memory that I’ve still managed to retain is this soup. The smell and that glorious taste. I reckon the last time I ate ajnpren juha (say eye-n-pren yooha) would have been around 30 years ago. Made by my mother and probably preceding a big roast or some other hefty lump of protein.

And come to think of it, it was probably in the middle of summer when I lived in Southeast Queensland. Heat and humidity aren’t my friends, so throw a hot soup into the mix …. sweat city.

Ajnpren Juha - Croatian egg drop soup recipe

My mother wasn’t much of a fan of ajnpren juha, but it was part of her repertoire by default thanks to her mother making it almost every day for my late grandfather. Apparently that guy loved the stuff.

This is a soup that requires a handful ingredients and can be whipped up in next to no time. Vegetable or chicken stock is fine, but if you’re strapped for time, a couple of bouillon cubes or good old Croatian Vegeta would do the trick.

I’m sure there are endless varieties of this peasant-style egg-drop soup; this is mine. Sautéed onion gives it more body and depth of flavour and the my addition of smoked paprika deepens the flavour even more.

I believe back in the old days the soup was ladled over chunks of stale bread; something that not only saved on food waste, but added more substance to this deliciously aromatic bowl of goodness.

Ajnpren Juha - Croatian egg drop soup recipe

Ajnpren Juha - Croatian egg drop soup recipe

 

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Ajnpren juha
This ajnpren juha, or egg drop soup, is so quick and easy to make. And it's packed with flavour.
Ajnpreh juha - Croatian egg drop soup recipe
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Croatian
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Croatian
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Ajnpreh juha - Croatian egg drop soup recipe
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, sauté the onion in the oil until soft, opaque and lightly golden - stirring frequently.
  2. After about 8 minutes add the flour and stir constantly for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the two types of paprika and cook for 30 seconds, then add the stock. Increase the heat to medium and bring to the boil. Allow the soup to simmer gently for ten minutes. Check for seasoning.
  3. While the soup is gently simmering, pour in the beaten eggs without stirring. Allow the soup to simmer for 5 minutes, then serve immediately.
  4. Garnish with parsley leaves and serve the soup with bread.
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  • John – I think that this could be my next “go to” soup after avgolemono. The simplicity appeals, but it is the paprika that tugs on my heart. I will try this soon (even though we are closing in on the 100° weather soon), and report back. I just imagine this would be awesome when you are getting over a cold!

  • Barry Ozmo

    everyone seems to have a cold of late i got mine from friends returning from south america and does it hang on.stale bread,eggs,and stock.peasant /farmer basics.good quick soup for winter.i look forward to trying it.you could use old cheese in it as well.

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