Potato Soup

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Serves 4 to 6

 

 I was taught to make this comforting winter soup by the grandmother of friends who live on a small farm in County Kilkenny.  The grandmother, in her 80’s, still lives in the stone cottage which has been in her family since 17th century.  It now has electricity and indoor plumbing but apart from that it is much as it was when built.  The rest of the family lives in a large farm house built in the 1930’s which they have turned into a bed and breakfast.  The two sons still operate the farm.

 

3 or 4 strips of thick bacon, diced (inexpensive bacon ends are perfect)

2 large yellow onions, diced

4 to 6 potatoes, peeled and diced

Chicken or beef broth ( Homemade or commercial)

1 sprig of fresh thyme or a teaspoon of mixed dry herbs (Italian Seasoning)

About 1 quart of water

 

1 pint of cream or half-and-half

Salt and fresh coarse ground black pepper to taste

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Butter

Put the bacon in a large heavy pot and sauté it over a medium heat until it releases its fat.  Do not allow it to brown.  When there is fat in the bottom of the pot, add the onions and sauté until soft and translucent but not yet beginning to brown.  Add the diced potatoes and continue to cook, stirring gently until all the potatoes are coated with bacon fat.  Add the thyme or herbs and enough broth to just cover. Add the water and bring to a boil.  Recuce to a simmer, cover with a lid and simmer until the potatoes are soft.

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With a  potato masher, mash the potatoes just a bit.  They should still be chunky.  Add the cream and cook until all is hot through.   Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir in the parsley.  Put into a tureen and add a generous dollop of butter to the center to melt into a golden pool.   This is quite a thick soup, if you wish it thinner, just add more cream.  Served with Irish Soda_Bread and a mug of strong hot tea, it makes a wonderful supper in winter.

 

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