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IrishSoup

This recipe originates with the Moone High Cross in County Kildare, Ireland. The inn is owned by the Clynch family and it's been in operation 1700's. We've adapted the recipe a bit (but just a wee bit). The inn was County Kildare's "Pub of the Year" in 2004. Purportedly a celebrity favorite, they even named their bar "The Clint Eastwood Saloon". If you go, it's on the road from Dublin to Kilkenny.

It all begins with a savory vegetable stock.

Homemade Vegetable Stock Ingredients:

Vegetable Stock Preparation:

  1. In a stockpot melt butter and saute onions for 5 minutes until they start to brown.
  2. Add leeks, carrots, celery, mushrooms, potatoes and 1/3 cup of the water.
  3. Cook covered for 5 minutes.
  4. Add remaining ingredients (water, garlic, peppercorns, thyme, bay leaf, parsley and salt) to pot.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer uncovered for 2 hours.
  6. Strain stock through a fine strainer into a suitably sized bowl or container for storage.

Soup Ingredients:

Soup Preparation:

  1. In a stockpot melt butter and saute onions and leeks at a low heat (covered) for 5 to 7 minutes so that the onions and leeks are soft but not browned.
  2. Add potatoes and stock and cook for 30 minutes until potatoes are soft.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer all to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Unless you have a very large food processor you will have to work in batches.
  5. Return soup to stockpot and briskly stir in half and half.
  6. Add salt and pepper and simmer until soup is hot.
  7. Serve in bowls, sprinkle with parsley. Eat with a crusty bread.

Recipe from "The Irish Pub Cookbook" by Margaret M. Johnson

Photos by Shari K. Johnston-O'Neill

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