I invited the neighbors over for lunch, and since she is an incredible cook, I wanted to make something that she has not likely cooked, that tastes really good, so I made Dill Pickle Soup You might say: Yukk!! Argh!! Dill Pickle Soup?
There is a story behind this. A couple of Saturdays ago, I went to a church-related all-day meeting in Wetaskiwin. Lunch was catered by a restaurant, and I was intrigued by this soup--but they wouldn't give out the recipe, so I had to play with veggies and dill pickles till I got something similar. Here it is:
Dill Pickle Soup
This is not exactly a measured recipe. It's how grandmas used to cook--by tasting. I'll give the numbers of my first pot, which was about 3/4 of a dutch oven full--enough for two lumberjacks to eat and two cupfuls for lunch the next day.
4 med. potatoes in chunks
2 carrots sliced
1 onion chopped
3 garlic cloves minced
a stalk of celery
1 large or 2 smaller dill pickles chopped, also chop the dill weed from the jar and the pickled garlic from the jar (do storebought pickles even have garlic and dillweed?)
Ground black pepper
Chili pepper flakes (according to your hot taste)
1 box of low-sodium chicken broth and 2 c. water
1 can evaporated milk (I use 2%)
Fresh dill, finely chopped according to taste (or frozen or dried)
Juice from dill pickle jar
Put a couple of Tbs of oil in the pot, cook garlic and onions till onions are clear or golden. Add potatoes, carrots, celery and spices, fry gently till all is coated. Add the broth and water, the dill and garlic and chopped dill pickles and the garlic and dill weed from the jar. Bring to the boil and simmer till the potatoes and carrots are soft. Blend in blender--may have to do in batches. Add a bit of water if it is too thick. Return to pot, add chopped fresh dill, taste, add dill pickle juice to taste. Simmer a bit longer. Add the whole can of milk--do not boil any more after the milk is added, simmer a bit, taste, add more pickle juice and more dill if needed. Add salt to taste (I don't add salt).
I've made this twice so far, each time it was a bit different, but really good.
I will definitely be putting more dill weed in the jars from now on.