This Irish potato soup recipe is a staple for anybody wishing to express their Irish side through the food they serve.
One of the great things about this delicious dish is the many tasty variations you can try.
On some occasions you may wish to add all the goodies, such as bacon or even ham, which you don't normally use in Irish potato soup (but we love it).
Leaks or cabbage are also simple, delicious additions to your basic potato soup.
To get warmed up, please enjoy this fun YouTube video on how to make potato and leak soup. Then read on for more directions and ideas!
When you consider the history of the soup, it’s easy to see why certain ingredients are traditional.
Ireland was an agrarian society, with potatoes one of their main crops.
Milk from the farm animals, cheese from the milk and potatoes were part of every housewife’s larder.
Even those who lived in the city often had a garden where they grew green onions and other produce requiring little space.
Soup was a way to extend the food supply and a warm nourishing meal for the family.
In fact, when the Irish potato famine hit, the government provided a daily quota of free potato soup for those in need.
This Irish potato soup recipe is excellent without the addition of bacon, cheese or chives.
You can also add ham in place of bacon or use dried herbs.
Remember, when using dried herbs instead of fresh, you’ll need only one-third the amount, so instead of using a tsp of fresh thyme, you’ll use 1/3 tsp of dried thyme.
You can add extra ingredients too. I like a little chopped kale in mine, but it’s not traditional potato soup. It’s just delicious potato and kale soup!
This soup tastes wonderful with a glass of Guinness. You’ll feel like you’re eating it right at the pub.
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to live your Irish side is to serve Irish food. And guess what?
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