I know. I know what you must be thinking…pickle soup? WTF? Right? I thought the same at first when I’d overheard several people mention this soup. It’s also on the menu at one of my favorite little spots to grab a bite here on Chincoteague, Poseidon’s Pantry. So naturally, I had to give it a try at home.
Last week Jon ventured to San Francisco for work stuff. What better place to have to go to for a 49ers fan? I was at home with our 3 boys, and we survived. I’m blessed with pretty well behaved kids! Towards the end of the week I had two of my best girlfriends over to for dinner to try this odd soup…
Turns out it’s REALLY good. Chunks of potato, dill pickles, carrots, chicken broth, sour cream and fresh dill all combine together to create a wonderfully rich, and filling – yet light soup. I think the key is to use really good quality refrigerated pickles in the soup. They stay crunchy and retain their briny flavor. Whereas some of the guys from the shelves in the jars are flabby and crunch-less from the get-go.
We all really enjoyed it, especially the boys. With all the bright flavor from the pickles and the dill, it’s a great soup to welcome springtime. Definitely one I’ll be making again and again, it’s just too much fun not to!
Dill Pickle Soup
5 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 3/4 pounds russet potatoes (about 5 large), peeled and diced
5 carrots, peeled and shredded (2 cups pre-shredded)
1 cup chopped dill pickles (about 3 large)
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
2 cups dill pickle juice
1-1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1/2 tsp fresh dill, chopped
1 tsp coarsely ground pepper
sliced dill pickles (for garnish)
fresh dill (for garnish)
In a large pot, combine broth, potatoes, carrots and butter. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender. Add pickles and continue to boil.
In a medium bowl, stir together cornstarch and water to create a slurry. Whisk into soup, stirring constantly until thickened. Whisk in the sour cream until combined.
Add pickle juice, Old Bay, dill, black pepper, and salt to taste. Cook 5 more minutes and remove from heat.
Garnish with slices of pickles and fresh dill before serving.
Souce: adapted from The Noble Pig