Category: Soup

Bramboracka – Czech Recipe – Potato Soup with Mushrooms and Sausage

Ingredients:

  • 3 Czech sausages
  • 5 large potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 500 g portobello mushrooms
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons marjoram
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation method:

  1. Slice the sausages into 1 cm thick pieces.
  2. Cut the potatoes into small cubes.
  3. Chop the onion.
  4. Slice the mushrooms.
  5. Slice the carrots.
  6. Slice the celery stalks.
  7. Slice the red bell pepper.
  8. Crush the garlic cloves in a mortar and pestle together with the marjoram.
  9. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, add the onion and polish sausage and cook on medium for 8-10 minutes.
  10. Add the cubed carrots, celery and parsnips and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring often.
  11. The juice of the vegetables and the polish sausage should be enough to keep them from sticking, but if necessary, add 1-2 Tbsp of butter.
  12. Then add the mushrooms, water, caraway seeds and bay leaves and cover.
  13. Cook for 30 minutes. Serve hot.
  14. Melt the butter in a large pan, add 2 tablespoons of flour and whisk until lightly browned.
  15. Add one cup of cold water and whisk until flour makes a thick paste.
  16. Add this flour mixture to the soup, stir well and cook for another few minutes.
  17. Serve hot.

Lohikeitto – Finnish Salmon Soup Recipe

Ingredients (4-6 servings):

  • 500 g salmon fillet
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 l fish stock, or other stocks, or water
  • 3-4 potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill leaves
  • 200 ml heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation method:

  1. Skin the salmon fillet and cut them in 2 cm cubes.
  2. Slice the carrots.
  3. Peel and dice the potatoes.
  4. Chop the onion.
  5. Chop the dill leaves.
  6. Melt the butter in a pot and saute the chopped onions for about 5 minutes, until softened.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the stock: cook the mackerel in about 1-1.5 litres of water for about 10 minutes until the fish is cooked through.
  8. Reserve the fish for separate consumption, we’ll use only the stock for the recipe.
  9. While the leeks are cooking, put 5 cups of water and the reserved fish skin in a saucepan and bring to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  10. Add to the pot the salmon skin, cubed potatoes, sliced carrots and the fish stock.
  11. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes and carrots are cooked. Remove the salmon skin.
  12. Add to the soup pot the cubed salmon, the cream, half of the chopped dill and cracked allspice.
  13. Bring back to boil and simmer over low heat a few minutes, until the fished is just cooked. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  14. Serve hot with some extra chopped dill on top.

Flaczki – Polish Tripe Soup Recipe

Ingredients (6 servings):

  • 500 g beef tripe precooked and sliced
  • 500 g beef meat and bones (prepackaged soup mix)
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 celery root
  • a bunch of parsley leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 6-10 whole allspice berries
  • 10 os so whole black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon hot paprika (I used a chilli pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • salt to taste

Preparation method:

  1. Julienne the carrots and half of the celery root.
  2. Chop the parsley leaves.
  3. Cut the beef meat into large cubes.
  4. Place the tripe and the beef soup meat and bones with enough water to cover in a large soup pot. Season with plenty of salt.
  5. Bring to boil and then reduce heat and simmer over medium heat for 1-2 hours, until tripe is cooked.
  6. Add the bay leaves, black peppercorns, chilli pepper, sweet paprika, tomato paste, allspice and marjoram.
  7. Add the carrot sticks, celery root sticks and broth, or water to cover them all. Bring to boil and simmer until vegetables are tender.
  8. Add the chopped parsley leaves and cook for 2 more minutes.
  9. Serve hot with some extra chopped parsley on top.
  10. In Polish, tripe soup is known as flaki zupa (FLAH-kee) or just flaczki (FLAHTCH-kee), which also literally means “guts.” Typically, Polish tripe soup is made with beef tripe and is considered one of the national soups of Poland, especially since it is touted to have been eaten by King Władysław II Jagiełło.
    While recipes vary by region, in addition to beef tripe, vegetables, beef broth, and marjoram are included and sometimes tomatoes or tomato paste, and other spices are added. Some versions feature a clear broth, while others are creamed. This recipe is made in the Warsaw style (flaki po Warzawsku).