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Potato Onion Soup, Irish-Style Recipe

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Hearty and filling, this potato soup gets flavor from onions and herbs. Bacon and chives are used as garnishes. Alternative suggested garnishes include chopped prawns or diced lobster.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 3 cups milk
  • 5-1/2 cups homemade chicken stock or use canned
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, whole
  • 1 cup light cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 6 slices lean bacon, crisply fried and chopped

Preparation:

Heat a 6- to 8-quart stockpot, add the butter and onion, and cook gently. Do not let the onion brown. Add the peeled and sliced potatoes, milk, and chicken stock. Add 1/4 cup chives, celery seeds, and thyme. Cover and cook gently for about an hour.

Prepare a roux: Melt the butter in a small saucepan and whisk in the flour. Let the flour and butter mixture (roux) bubble for 2 minutes on medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Thicken the soup with the roux, whisking carefully to avoid lumps. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes and then puree the soup in a food processor or food blender.

Add the cream and gently reheat, but do not boil. Season with the salt and pepper. Serve with additional 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives and the crisply fried bacon as garnishes.

This soup can also be made with the chopped white part of 5 or 6 large leeks instead of onions. Additional garnishes you can use instead of bacon are chopped prawns or a small dice of lobster.

Yield: 8-10 servings

Source: The Frugal Gourmet On Our Immigrant Ancestors by Jeff Smith (William Morrow & Co)
Reprinted with permission.

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 5 out of 5
It's all gone!, Member coleman4homes.com

With three kids, it's difficult to find things everybody likes. This was all eaten and that says it all in this house. I left out the roux but it was great!

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