Eve Shepherd's Meal
is a simple, peaceful meal for Christmas Eve that helps us remember and honor
the birth of Jesus Christ. It
is the simplest Christmas Eve supper, and it’s one of our favorite traditions.
We just pull up the coffee
table next to a crackling fire in the fireplace, cover it with a tablecloth,
sit on the floor around the table and eat this simple meal (after popping
English Crackers and putting on the paper crowns).
After dinner, we read Luke 2, and everyone
gets to open one or two gifts from under the tree before going to bed. I
tried to imagine what ingredients the shepherds would have had on hand and came
up with this soup.
1 package Pita Bread, soft and thick2 bottles grape juice for drinking
1 – 2 TBL olive oil
2 yellow onions, sliced in ¼-inch half moon wedges
3 – 6 garlic cloves, minced or thinly sliced
2 small sprigs Rosemary, fresh (or 1 tsp dried)
2 carrots, peeled and diced finely
2 cans white canellini or navy beans (or reconstituted beans)
2 quarts broth, either vegetable or chicken
Salt to taste
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (for garnish)
oven to 350ºF. Wrap pita bread in foil and set aside to heat later.
- In the
copper soup pot, sauté sliced onions in Tablespoon or two of olive oil
until soft, about 5- 10 minutes.
Add minced garlic and heat until fragrant.
rosemary and stir until fragrant.
carrots, beans and enough broth to serve as many as you need. Simmer until
carrots are tender.
foil-wrapped pita bread in oven while soup is simmering.
into soup bowl and drizzle in a few drops of olive oil and a shaving of
cheese. Remove pita bread from oven and put in basket lined with a tea
towel. Serve soup with the warmed pita bread for tearing and dipping into
soup, and grape juice for drinking.