From Grandma's Kitchen: Potato Soup

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The potato may be a near perfect food. It can be prepared in a wide variety of ways, can be stored under the proper conditions for quite some time and comes in a number of varieties, including blue, purple and yellow. 

Mashed potatoes may be the very first dish that my grandmother taught me to make. Back then and for many years after, potatoes in some form were part of every supper and on the weekends they took the form of hashed browns, which were usually made from left over potatoes. 

They were and still are on of my favourite ways to eat potatoes. I especially like them mashed with carrots and turnips. Sometimes I use this mash combination to make a root vegetable pie. 

You can grow potatoes on your patio or balcony in a container or in a community garden plot or your backyard. 

They can also be grown in straw. 

The following tow recipes are very basic. 

Potato and Leek Soup Recipe

Ingredients: 

 

4 medium sized potatoes peeled and sliced

4 leeks remove green parts and thoroughly clean and slice thin

2 quarts water

Sea salt

3 tbsps unsalted butter 

Preparation: 

1- Bring salted water to boil

2- add potatoes and leeks

3- cover pot

4- cook at light boil until potatoes begin to come apart, about 15 to 20 minutes

5- remove soup from heat

6- add butter

7- serve. 

Makes six servings. 

 

Grated Potato Soup 

 

Ingredients: 

3 large potatoes finely grated

1 ½ quarts soup stock

Sea salt and black pepper to taste.

1 hard boiled egg chopped.

 

 

Preparation: 

 

1- put stock in soup pot

2- Bring to boil

3- Add potatoes

4- Cook for seven minutes

5- Add sea salt and black pepper to taste

6- Serve with chopped egg on top 

Serves four. 

These are two very simple and low cost recipes that are part of any healthy meal.

 

 

I do not eat potatoes as often as I once did when they were a daily part of my diet. Today we have them once or twice a week and most often as home fries for breakfast on a weekend morning.

 

 

Now and then I’ll bake a potato and serve with chives and sour cream or just with a hot sauce; it all depends upon my mood.

 

 

Potato salad is another favourite dish but again I do not eat it as often as I once did when it was a part of every picnic and often a meal all by itself.

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh, Bob! Potatoes are my favourite food! Baked, boiled, bbq'd, scalloped, salad, raw, I don't care. Just give me 'tatoes and lots of 'em. I love potatoe soup too, but I need somebody else to cook it for me. I really like it with grated cheese on top.

Now, I'm hungry.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Hi Shirley, grated cheese does top off a potato soup very nicely. Think I'll make some, want a bowl?


Susan M 7 years ago

I love potato soup and am always looking for new ways to make it. I have never tried it with chopped egg on top - sounds good! I also add cheese but sometimes add a little light cream and if I am particularly ambitious I will crumble some cooked bacon into it....hmmm...now I'm hungry! Thanks for the recipes!


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You are welcome, thanks for stopping by and adding your experiences.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

YES PLEASE! I would love a bowl of your potatoe soup. I can add my own cheese - there's not much chance of me screwing that up at least.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

1 bowl coming up.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great! Thanks, Bob! You're a sweetie.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

for you,anytime.


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Adrian  7 years ago from Florida

Yum. We liked it very much.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

excellent, thanks for stopping by.


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myawn 5 years ago from Florida

I love potato soup sometimes I add a few shrimps in mine will try yours it looks delicous


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Personally,I am not a big fan of shrimp but see how how could be a tasty addition, thanks for dropping by.

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