Tuesday, December 19, 2006

December 19 -- Christmas Eve Soup


I've been making this soup for probably 25 years or more. It all started years ago when I decided we needed some simple traditions for our own family -- not just going to Grandma's on the big day, but something especially our own. We decided to have a simple meal on Christmas Eve -- when we started, we invited grandparents and other close family, but now it is down to just us and any available children and grandchildren. The menu I chose that first year was this soup, muffins or biscuits, and, for dessert, ambrosia with Christmas cookies. Over the years, many things have changed -- the past couple of years I've eliminated the ambrosia in favor of ice cream, and last year we had cheese pizza instead of bread -- but this soup is a constant. I thought I would share the recipe a few days early in case anyone else would like to try this for Christmas Eve. So here it is:

CHRISTMAS EVE SOUP
6 cups sliced potatoes
1 cup sliced carrots
6 slices bacon
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup sliced celery
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups milk
2 cups half & half cream
Finely shredded cheddar cheese
Parsley sprigs

Cook potatoes and carrots in boiling water until tender;
drain. Saute bacon until crisp in skillet. Drain on paper towels;
crumble. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat. Saute the onion
and celery in the reserved bacon fat until tender but not brown.
Combine potatoes, carrots, onion mixture, salt, pepper, and cream in a
large kettle or Dutch oven. Simmer for 30 minutes; do not boil.
Garnish with shredded cheddar , parsley sprigs and the crumbled bacon.
Serves 4 to 6.

2 comments:

  1. That sounds yummy. I'll have to tryit.

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  2. Hi Jan,

    Thanks so much for stopping by my kitchen table! I love company!

    Hope you try the soup and that you enjoy it as much as we do.

    God bless,
    Mrs.T

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