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Change Things Up with Polish Dill Pickle Soup

December 24th, 2012 Cooking

Pickle soup may not sound like the most scrumptious dish in the world, but you may be pleasantly surprised by just how delicious it is! If you're getting bored of chicken soup day in and day out, give this recipe a shot. The shredded pickles give it a nice sour kick while the chicken broth and potatoes bring a wonderful contrasting savoriness. Preparation should take about 45 minutes total.

Ingredients

1 medium onion, halved and sliced
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
3 cups chopped or shredded sour pickles
2/3 cup pickle brine or water
4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
Salt and black pepper
Sugar to taste, if desired
1 cup sour cream

Begin by bringing the stock to a boil. Add the potatoes and onion and let the mixture return to a boil. Lower heat and allow everything to simmer until the veggies become tender. Next, add the pickles.

While the pickles simmer, temper the sour cream by adding a ladle of hot broth to it and whisking constantly. This prevents the sour cream from curdling. Once the cream is stable and fully integrated with the broth, pour it into the rest of the soup.

Bring everything to a boil one last time and reduce the heat to low. Allow to simmer for a few minutes until the soup has thickened up slightly. You may either enjoy the soup as it is, and enjoy a nice, chunky dish, or puree it until it achieves a smoother consistency. Serve with hearty slices of bread and you're done!