Making Polish cuisine posh one post at a time: PICKLE SOUP PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 December 2009 00:00

I gave you stuffed cabbage (an alternative to meatloaf) and than I introduced bigos (an alternative to beef stew) and now I present to you PICKLE SOUP. Think posh and sassy potato soup alternative. As always, a dummy proof recipe that even a three year old toddler can follow to execute a gourmet home-made dinner in just one hour.


I give to you... Zupa Ogorkowa or Polish Dill Pickle Soup. My Polish mother can go to bed knowing her grandchildren were well fed three times this last blogging year.



The ingredients:


Four cups of chicken or vegetable stock (my mother made her own stock but HELLO you can buy organic stock at the store to save you 2 hours), as many small potatoes you can peel, one jar of dill pickles (not half sour pickles, they must be authentic dill pickles from Poland or Germany or barrel pickles... real pickles), the pickle juice left-over from jar, one cup of real sour cream and two tablespoons of flour.


Step 1:


Put. The. Pickle.  Down!  And pour the chicken/vegetable stock into a pot, place on burner and wait for a boil.


Step 2:


Take another bite of the pickle.  Peel as many potatoes as you can.  Cut them in quarters for nice size chunks.  Add them to the boiling stock.  Cover.


Step 3:


Start munching on your second pickle. And shred the remaining pickles. Some fellow Poles cut the pickles in bite-size slices. However, I was taught to half peel a pickle and shred it into delicate threads. Which makes the soup less of a pickle soup and more of a potato soup since the pickles are shredded for a nice zest and the potato chunks dominate the soup.


Step 4:


Add the shredded pickles and the pickle juice from the jar into the pot of boiling stock with potatoes.  Potatoes should be soft.  Cover.


Step 5:


Whisk one cup of sour cream with 2 tablespoons of flour. It's sooooooo much fun.  Gently add three or four or five tablespoons of boiling soup to the flour/cream mixture and make sure there are no lumps.  Slowly add said mixture to the soup, while mixing.  Cover and leave on low heat for 10 minutes.


Step 6:


Wait for soup to cool.


Step 7:


Eat.  The.  Soup.  A thick and hearty alternative to the boring potato soup.  A little bit of sour and a whole lot of gentle crunchy zest to warm up the cold winters' days.   A most perfect sassy potato soup.  Could be a vegetarian option if vegetable stock is used.  Add spices (salt/pepper/sugar to sweeten) to taste.  Garnish with parsley.



Step 8:


Wait for toddler to try.  And deem it.... Smacznego.


Trying to make Polish cuisine posh, one blog post at a time.  Yo!

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 December 2009 12:43


# Maura 2009-12-11 23:47
Sounds great! I'm definitely going to try this one and I'll let you know how it goes. :-)
# Pauline 2009-12-11 23:49
It's fool proof Maura. SO yummy, with little ingredients. Enjoy!
# Tiaras & Tantrums 2009-12-12 00:19
I will have to give this a try - I'm loving soup lately! I tried out your bigos recipe (tweeked a bit) and my hubbie went nuts over it (he loved it). This sounds delicious - my son may even eat it with the pickle juice in it, which he normally just pours into a cup and drinks!
# Pauline 2009-12-12 21:23
Awww.... you made my bigos? That's so awesome. Im glad your husband enjoyed it.

Let me know how the soup turns out. Tweet it to your liking, as well.
# Krista 2009-12-12 00:33
OMG, this looks delicious! Seriously, I am trying this recipe this week. If it weren't almost midnight I would probably go out and buy the ingredients right now. I love pickles and I love potato soup. How could this soup go wrong?!
# jimaie.marie 2009-12-12 01:16
haha!! I could have written this comment myself, i feel the SAME way right now. YUM YUM YUM, i cannot wait to try it!!!
# Pauline 2009-12-12 21:24
Let me know how it works out for you Krista and Jimaie.marie!!!
# Sarcastic Mom / Lotu 2009-12-12 01:09
You are adorable and wonderful and that looks freaking delicious!
# Kellee 2009-12-12 01:41
That... sounds disgusting.. but LOOKS delicious. I would totally give it a shot!! :)
# kakaty 2009-12-12 18:57
I'm with you Kellee (I don't like regular potato soup and loath dill pickles), but it sure looks tempting.

And Pauline, I hope you are going to make Fifi her own cookbook with all these great posts/photos - what an awesome keepsake.

Now...when are you going to do perogies & chrusciki? (I made chrusciki with my Busia for several years but I just can't make them taste right on my own)
# Pauline 2009-12-12 21:13
Thanks kakaty. She loves to cook and has a nice keepsake here, for sure. I might keep adding more recipes (will attempt perogies next for you). It will make a nice photobook for her.
# Michelle 2009-12-12 02:19
Ok, I think I need to make this for my Polish husband, but, one question, where does one find authentic Polish pickles in a vast suburban wasteland?
# Pauline 2009-12-12 09:07
Sounds like the place I live in.

I went to the "nice" grocery store and bought THE most expensive German pickles. Read labels. Look for dill, garlic.
# Henry 2012-07-09 16:21
You can make own. It is easy and take only 3-7 days.
# kelley 2009-12-12 05:55
I love me some pickles.

I will have to make this when the weather cools down.
# brittany 2009-12-12 09:55
I have been WAITING for this, and I am so psyched to see it's so doable! Thanks!!!!!!!
# Pauline 2009-12-12 21:25
You are a much better chef than I am. Let me know what you do differently, as I am sure yours will be better.
# MomBabe 2009-12-12 10:18
Okay, I'm going to try it, even though the pickles kind of scare me... Mostly, the last close up of the soup makes me willing to try.
# Pauline 2009-12-12 21:14
If pickles scare you... shave the entire pickle and than shred it. Use less pickle juice too. That way you will only get a tiny bit of pickle flavor.
# So Not Mom-a-licious 2009-12-12 12:31
I am salivating! I have had a love affair with pickles since I was in my mother's womb. I absoultely can not ever get enough of them in, or on, anything! This looks delicious and I can't wait to try it. Given I can find some reall dill pickles. Whole Foods maybe?
# Pauline 2009-12-12 21:26
Look for authentic dill pickles. This recipe would suck with yucky pickles.
# So Not Mom-a-licious 2009-12-16 23:36
I went and found real dill pickles. The problem? I can't manage to stop eating them long enough to make the soup!
# Renny 2009-12-12 12:37
I am worried my soup won't turn out good because I don't like pickles and won't be able to munch on them while making it. I'll send this to my sister though, who loves pickles, and will eat so many during the process that her soup will be AMAZING! :)
Also, love the picture of Fifi stirring the sour cream mixture.
# Pauline 2009-12-12 21:15
I love LOVE that picture of her mixing. She's such a character.
# Cecily R 2009-12-12 13:08
I wish I was cool like you...really. IF I make anything from scratch these days there is no way I could be together enough to blog it. It would a disaster.

The soup looks GOOOOD.
# Pauline 2009-12-12 21:16
My camera has a lot of flour on it. It was a mess to watch a toddler, take photos and oversee a recipe.
# Kasia 2009-12-12 14:28
YUMM, my favorite soup!
# Jamie 2009-12-12 15:12
The pic with the whisk is absolutelyfreakin'adorable!!! :)
# Pauline 2009-12-12 21:17
Thanks Jamie. I love that photo too. I think I was singing something silly to her and she thought I was hysterical.

I am. Ha!
# kim-d 2009-12-12 16:10
I wish I knew the polish word for "delish" because that's what I think this soup is, and so easy too! I can't wait to make it; thanks for sharing.
# Pauline 2009-12-12 21:19
Thanks Kim. Remember to add spices to it, per your taste. Some people add sugar as it sweetens the soup. Some don't add quite as much sour cream. Play around and let me know how it works out for you. Email me. :)
# traci 2009-12-12 16:54
this sounds yummy. I am totally going on a man hunt for real pickles.
# amy2boys 2009-12-13 01:53
This looks so yummy. The photo of her with the whisk kills me! So hilarious.
# expateek 2009-12-13 13:33
This is the cutest soup recipe ever! I will try this in the next couple of days. I miss the soups of Warszawa -- guess I need to start making my own. How about mushroom soup (from the dried mushrooms) for your next one? I was completely mystified about where to start with those.
# Pauline 2009-12-14 22:16
Good idea. Dried mushrooms are fun to work with. I will ask my mom about it over Christmas. Thanks for the suggestion.
# Crystal D 2009-12-13 15:56
I am making this as soon as Potato Soup comes back up on my monthly menu. It sounds awesome!!!
# alexa 2009-12-13 19:12
now pickle soup is something i've never heard of!

sounds good.

also, your daughter looks like she is having so much fun!
# Michele 2009-12-13 21:47
So sweet and looks yummy! Merry Christmas!! Ihave missed reading your blog! Now that my hubby bought me an iPhone that should not be an issue.
# stephanie Griffin 2009-12-13 21:49
Sounds delish!
# Elaine 2009-12-13 23:49
Looks like you have quite the little chef on your hands there. And I have to say the thought of "pickle soup" did not sound good to me but it sure does look good!!
# Sarah 2009-12-14 00:08
MMMMMMMMM, looks yummy!
# Sara@heartmychloe 2009-12-14 01:13
Really? Pickle soup? It looks amazing, but I'm afraid it will be all vinegary. Not that I don't trust your impeccable taste ;)

Oh what the hell, I'm going to give it a try. Thanks!
# Krystyn 2009-12-14 10:23
I sure am wondering if I can find the perfect pickle because this sounds delicious.

I'm curious how you shredded the pickles. Did you peel them and then cut up the peels?

Love Fifi in the kitchen.
# Pauline 2009-12-14 22:16
I use a grater-thingy to shred. I am sure you can peel them and cut them us as well.
# Bobbi 2009-12-14 14:29
Thank you for this recipe! I made for my Dad (my maiden name is Jelinski). He's been fighting cancer and his treatmnets have been making him feel terrible. He loved this polish did my mom, husband, and myself. Can't wait for the kids to get home from school to try it too! You always make me excited about my Polish heritage :)
# Pauline 2009-12-14 22:17
You made my day Bobbi.
# Denise 2009-12-14 16:00
I can't wait to try it. HOw can you go wrong with pickles and potatoes?!
# Kelly 2009-12-14 19:16
My husband and I just finished eating this for dinner; and we loved it!! Thanks for the easy, great-tasting recipe! Keep more vegetarian recipes coming!
# Pauline 2009-12-14 22:18
Thanks so much for trying it Kelly. Im glad to hear it worked out and it was easy.
# Kelly 2009-12-14 19:23
PS - I used Nathan's pickles from Heinen's and they were yummy!
# Lindsay 2009-12-14 20:51
I just made this recipe! Yummy! Also, I made it vegan by using vegetable stock and fake sour cream (yup, they have that!). Even my husband who doesn't like pickles liked it! Thanks!
# Pauline 2009-12-14 22:18
That's awesome Lindsay! So glad you enjoyed it!
# Jill 2009-12-14 23:23
She is the cutest little girl EVER. And I have two of my own! ;)

I love it. What a great "photo essay." She looks so proud.
# Kristin 2009-12-15 04:06
Oh heck yeah. If there are pickles in it...count me in! And your munchkin is absolutely adorable!
# dysfunctional mom 2009-12-16 01:47
OMG, I love pickles and this sounds so delicious!
# Suzy 2009-12-17 20:11
Wow! I saw this yesterday and really wanted to try it. I'm pregnant so I fall into the "eating massive amounts of pickles" category/cliche. Anyhoo, made this soup tonight, and it is great! I had to use homemade pickles (spicy-they had garlic and a jalapeno), but it still turned out great! Even my husband ate it!
# Al_Pal 2009-12-21 04:44
Awesome. Been curious about this since seeing your tweets. Definitely inspired to try it, hopefully soon!
# dysfunctional mom 2009-12-22 00:57
I made this last night and I LOVED it! I don't know how 'authentic' my pickles were, I live in a small town that doesn't have a huge variety, but it was absolutely yummy anyway!
# weeknightingale 2010-01-29 05:21
I made this with left over turkey to make the broth and garlic! :-x It was so good! Forgot all about this soup my Dad made it once many years ago. I'm reviving my Polish cooking.

P.S. Cooking with a toddler is fun! I did that with my son who is now in his last year of college and has never starved due not knowing how to cook.
# Morgan {The818} 2010-06-11 16:19
...And now I know what I'm having for dinner tonight.
# cindy 2010-12-28 18:47
I was brought here by another's blog... and am curious.. have you ever made saurkraut soup? it is a holiday tradition in my family and i am wondering if it is Polish too. This soup sounds yummy!
# Heidi 2011-01-16 17:14
PShaw! You must garnish with dill, LOL
# Sylwia 2011-02-01 19:13
My sister forwarded your blog to me so I could make this soup. I am eating it as we speak and it is SO delicious and right on the money (tastes just like my ciocia's. Dziękuje! :)
# Kinga 2011-03-07 00:05
Love this! I add sliced carrots and it's just like my Babcia's. Thank you :lol:
# Kat 2013-03-01 12:51
What a delicious soup! I ended up d oing a mix of shredded and chunks of pickle. Thanks for sharing!

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Pauline Karwowski.

Is a self proclaimed globe trotting, minivan driving, SAHM stiletto ho.

Happily married mother to 3 Cleveland natives: Jay the son, Lola the daughter, and Fifi the banshee.

Now in Chicago, IL.

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