Tangy and creamy Polish Dill Pickle Soup, a potato soup variation with added intrigue!
The first time I ever tasted Polish Dill Pickle Soup was at a neighborhood potluck. The theme was “Baltic Night” and every family was required to bring a dish from a country bordering the Baltic Sea.
It was fun to see (and taste) the wide array of north-eastern european dishes everyone cooked. We brought Potato Latkes and Swedish Creams to the party. However one of our friends brought the show-stopper of the evening, Polish Dill Pickle Soup!
Without tasting it, my first impression was…. Weird. Pickles in soup?
But then I started thinking of all the southern dishes like chicken salad, potato salad, and even sloppy joes that incorporate pickles. I would have tried it anyway, yet this closer-to-home thought process changed my attitude.
Needless to say, the Polish Dill Pickle Soup was delicious! A silky potato-based soup with fresh herbs and tangy dill pickles speckled throughout.
Several months later I had the opportunity to go to Poland and taste Polish Dill Pickle Soup in its place of origin. Of course, it was utterly fabulous. Just the right balance of richness and acidity.
Brined and fermented foods are of great importance to Polish culture. Historically, these foods have been a saving grace through the long cold winters and years of hardship. Poles have learned to use them in tantalizing ways.
Pickle soup is just one of example of their ability to make something comforting and delicious with limited resources.
If you love potato soup and you love dill pickles, Polish Dill Pickle Soup needs to be on your must-make list.
It’s a cozy and unique potato soup variation that is low fat, gluten free, and budget-friendly!
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35+ minutes
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