Potatoes have been a staple of the Irish diet for hundreds of years. One of the favorite uses for potatoes in an Irish kitchen is to make potato soup. This is a perfect dinner item on those cold winter nights, but can be enjoyed all throughout the year.
The following recipe makes about 3 pints of vegetarian potato soup, enough to create approx 6 servings.
- 1 lb peeled potatoes, roughly chopped
- 1 large chopped onion
- 1 pint of water or vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 pint of milk
- salt and black pepper
- 1/3 (one third) cup of heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon of fresh chives chopped into small pieces
Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add in the chopped up onion to soften.
Add in the potatoes, the vegetable stock (or water), milk and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 45-50 minutes. During this time, while the ingredients are simmering, be sure to stir occasionally to prevent the potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Liquidize the soup until smooth (starting out with smaller potato chunks will help with this). Return to the pot and adjust the seasoning to your liking, and stir in the cream. Heat through gently (don’t boil).
Serve in a bowl, sprinkle some fresh chives on top, and enjoy!
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