Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Recipe Wednesday:{Irish Potato Soup In A Jar}

Just a little food for thought...

 Potatoes came to Ireland by way of South America, and by 1688, they had become a staple of the Irish diet. The Irish refer to potatoes as"praties." 

According to food experts, a diet of potatoes and milk will supply all the nutrients the human body needs. The potato has long been considered a staple for the poor. Throughout their often difficult history, impoverished Irish people have relied heavily upon it for subsistence. Potatoes contain plentiful carbohydrates and some protein, calcium, and niacin. They are easy to grow and store. {source and to learn more} 

Today in honor of the potato, the Irish and St. Patrick's Day, we bring you our version of the traditional Irish Potato and Leek Soup. Well, maybe we should rephrase that to read, "  almost traditional Irish Potato, Leek and Panchetta " soup. We had to put our little spin on it of course!

 Irish Potato, Leek & Panchetta Soup In A Jar Recipe
Adapted from Food

3 pounds boiling potatoes, peeled and diced into same size cubes
1 pound leeks, washed and sliced
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, sliced
5 cups chicken stock or broth
2 1/2 cups of milk
4 tablespoons butter
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
salt & pepper
1 cup chopped small uncooked panchetta {found a small package at Trader Joe's}
3 cloves minced garlic
1 cup finely grated Irish cheese {Trader Joe's has a good Irish white cheddar with 1/2 the fat}
1 small spring of rosemary

Melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan.

Add the vegetables and panchetta cover, and cook for 5 7 minutes, stirring freguently.
Add the stock or broth, 1/2 cup of milk, the bay leaf, parsley, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper.
Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until the vegetables are tender, 25 to 30 minutes.

Discard the bay leaf and rosemary stem, and let the soup cool for 10 - 15 minutes.

Transfer to a blender or food processor in batches and process until smooth. {we only smoothed out half of the soup and left the remainder chunky}.

Heat the puree and unprossessed soup in a saucepan over medium heat and stir in cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. If the soup it too thick for your liking, you can add some milk or cream to thin it out some. 
Check for seasoning. Serve. Makes 8 servings.

To make this soup Vegan: eliminate the Panchetta, butter, cheese, chicken stock and milk. For substitions use, rice milk, vegan spread like Earth Balance, vegetable stock and Vegan cheese if desired.

We love to serve anything on a stick or in a jar. It is just so unexpected, interesting and fun. We found these half pint Mason jars at Walmart recently. They come four in a pack or about $4.50.

To serve the soup in a jar we carefully ladled slightly cooled soup into the jars almost to the top, but leaving a little space.

         Next we wiped the rims clean and screwed on the lids.

           Of course we had to have more than soup so............

Since we usually serve some type of bread with our homemade soups, we thought we would serve up some warm, soft pretzels with this Irish Potato soup.

Since pretzels are symbolic of arms folded in prayer, we thought they were the perfect choice this time of year!

To assemble the soup and pretzels together for meal time: we put the soup into the jars while still hot as mentioned above. While the soup was in it's final last minutes of cooking, we warmed the pretzels so they would be ready to tie onto the soup about the same time the soup finished.

Once pretzels were out of the oven, we allowed them 2-3 minutes to cool so we could handle them enough to tie onto the jar.

We used some yarn that looks like bakers twine and treaded it through the pretzel and around the jar and tied it off.

Serve immediately. If anything needs to be warmed slightly, use the microwave for a couple seconds.

This is a good meal to serve to the family on St. Patrick's Day when every one is home and wondering what mom is going to craft up for lunch!

Soups are good and nutritious year round. Serving them in something other than the normal bowl is exciting and different. It may even get those picky eaters to at least take a bite before they decide they "don't like it"!Be inspired, get creative!

Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Proverbs 30:5

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  1. This looks amazing!

    Mrs. Delightful

  2. This looks so good. I really shouldn't look at food recipes while I'm hungry, I am salivating. It's getting pinned, so I can make it later.

  3. Ok, when I saw this I was simply amazed. I luv it! I discovered you on Artsy Girl Linky Party and I’m now a follower; I would appreciate you following me back.

  4. What a heartwarming gift/favor idea!

  5. Wow, this looks amazing and delicious! I'd have never thought to put all that together, well done! Thank you for sharing and linking up to my *Get Creative* party!

  6. This looks so delicious! Definitely adding it to my "recipes to try" pin board :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. This looks so good! I love the idea of tying on a pretzel! Yum! Thanks for linking up to my Springtime Holiday Link Party! --Michelle

  8. This looks great! I also liked reading about the history and the meaning behind your choices.

  9. Sounds so delish and you packed it all up SO pretty!
    I would be thrilled if you stopped by linky party going on all weekend!

    Kim@ Too Much Time On My Hands

  10. What a fun recipe for St. patrick's day! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  11. okay this is honestly one of the best St.Patricks Day ideas I have seen in a long time...and what a great wrapping idea! LOVE LOVE THIS...I am going to have to make it for my friends! Thanks for the wonderful idea! You should come check out my DIY St.Patricks Day scarf on (just spreading the green love haha)


  12. Mmm, that looks so yummy and creamy!

  13. This looks great and I love the presentation.

  14. I love the pretzel on top and the soup looks delish! Thanks so much for sharing on Mom On Timeout!

  15. Amazing looking, as always!! I'll be featuring this later today! Every single thing you ladies do looks like it comes straight from the heart!! I love that about your blog! It truly is a ray of light.

    Thanks so much for linking up!! :)

  16. This looks so yummy! I love the entire recipe, packaging, etc! I am pinning this!

  17. You know I love this recipe! I featured it today at my *Get Creative* party, come on by and grab your featured button and be sure to link up more of your awesomeness!

  18. I pretty much love any food you can put in a jar! This soup sounds delicious! Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink...featuring this!

  19. What a neat the way you "packaged" it with the pretzel and the jar! Thanks for sharing at shine on fridays! Hope you'll be back this week!

  20. That looks insanely delicious!! And love the jar idea. Thanks for linking up this week :)

  21. What a great idea, and I love the pictures! I'm a new follower and would love to have you stop by my brand new blog and follow me, too, if you get a chance. Thanks:)

  22. This sounds wonderful, even better with the homemade pretzel on top. What a great gift this would be to receive:)

  23. So cute and perfectly seasonal. I'd love to have you join me at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  24. Kristin, This soup sounds so delicious... and the presentation just absolutely creative and brilliant! I would love to have this served at my table. Anything in jars pulls on my heart strings, and anything individual sized too!
    I would love you to join me at StoneGable for ON THE MENU MONDAY linky party... and share this creative Irish meal. Linky goes up 8:00pm Sunday night. Hope to see you there.
    So happy to stop by!

  25. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  26. That looks great! Are you sharing the pretzel recipe?
    Here from Seasonal Sundays.

  27. This is such a fun presentation!! Happy St. Pat's Day!!

  28. Love the soup, the pretzels, the creative it all!

    Thank you for linking up at Rook No. 17! Your link-up was one of the most viewed this week, so it's one of tomorrow's features! Feel free to stop by and grab a "Featured On" button.


  29. Super cute the "prayerful" pretzels tied on top! And who doesn't love homemade potato soup...this will be perfect for Saturday's lunch! And I just bought those jars at Walmart yesterday, they were so cute!
    -Megan from Chaos Served Daily