Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Dill Pickle Soup
This is not a joke. Honest. When I first spotted the recipe in the paper last month, I did a double-take. I'd never heard of such a thing. But it was just weird-sounding enough that I knew I would eventually make it. Today I noticed that I just happened to have everything in the house that the recipe called for. And hence this post.
And it's really quite good! It's basically a creamy vegetable soup with fresh dill and some chopped pickles in it, along with a bit of the pickle juice. This would be wonderful with a Rueben sandwich.
I'm posting the recipe as it was published, but I would make a few adjustments to suit my personal tastes. First, I would like it thicker so I would reduce the amount of water to 1 to 1 1/2 cups (since I made the recipe as listed this time, I simply added some instant mashed potatoes to thicken it up). Also, I like more fresh dill so I would increase the amount to at least 2 tablespoons. But that was easy enough for me to correct by simply adding more fresh dill as a garnish. Also, I think I would chop my pickles a bit smaller, and maybe even "peel" them (can you peel a pickle?) The skin on the pickles I used were a bit chewy for my preference. And I definitely like the sour cream for a bit more depth.
You can read the story of how this came about here:
DILL PICKLE SOUP (6-8 servings)
1 pound potatoes, any variety, about 2 medium/large
3 Tbsp butter
1/2 large white onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 container (they're just over 1 oz) Knorr concentrated homestyle veggie stock
3 cups water
3 chopped dill pickles (I used 5 spears)
1/2 jar or to taste pickle juice (1/4 to 1/2 cup)
1 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
3/4 to 1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped
Peel potatoes, chopped large, and cook until almost done. Set aside.
Melt butter in pot and saute onion, celery, carrots, and garlic until tender, 5-10 minutes. Add vegetable stock and water and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add potatoes and cook for a few minutes. Remove from heat.
Take about half of the vegetables from the soup and process almost to a puree in a food processor (or in a blender with a bit of the liquid). Return to soup mixture. Add pickles, fresh dill, and pickle juice and heat for about 3 minutes. Turn heat off and add cream. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and fresh chives.
Recipe Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press, October 2, 2013, p. E4