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Recipe – Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon
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Recipe – Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon

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A taste of Ireland for Saint Patrick’s Day

 

Irish Potatoe Kale and Bacon Soup 4

Irish Potatoe Kale and Bacon Soup 

 

While I traveled through Ireland last year I tasted some really amazing soups and stews.   As with many Irish dishes, the potato is an omnipresent ingredient.  You never really appreciate the flexibility of the potato until you tried it 30 different ways. This recipe is for a rustic Irish potato soup with kale and bacon.  It is rich and hearty, perfect for a cold winter meal. This dish is hearty enough to help sober up after a day of drinking on St. Patrick’s Day.

The base of this recipe is the same as making a colcannon, which is similar to mashed potatoes. The key different is the amount of milk and butter ratios used in the recipe.  On the bottom of the post I will show the variation for Colcannon.

 

Ingredient Spotlight

I tested this recipe with a couple products from my friends at Melissa’s Produce

White or Flowering Kale

I used a variety of Kale called Flowering Kale. . If you look at it from the top, the kale looks like it is flowering. Flowering kale is actually a member of the cabbage family, but with a milder flavor. The leaves are somewhat sweet, but the stems are bitter. I used an even mixture in this recipe. You can substitute other kale varieties and/or cabbage in this recipe. 

Irish Potatoe Kale and Bacon Soup, Ingredient Spotlight - Flowering Kale

Flowering Kale has a sweeter leaf and bitter stems. They are actually a member of the cabbage family

 

Baby Dutch Yellow  and Ruby Gold Potatoes

Both of these potatoes are small and have a subtle flavor and very creamy flesh. They are small, so they cook quickly and easy to smash. I like using the potatoes whole, skin and all. The ruby red potatoes give a little extra color. 

Irish Potato Kale and Bacon Soup - Dutch Yellow and Ruby Gold Potatoes

Dutch Yellow and Ruby Gold Potatoes. Both potatoes are small and have a creamy texture.

 

Leeks

Leeks have a milk onion flavor with a hint of garlic.  I used Melissa’s Produce pre-trimmed and cleaned leeks, which saved a significant amount of time.

Leeks have a onion flavor and a hint of garlic

Leeks have a onion flavor and a hint of garlic

 

Irish Potato Soup Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Melissa’s Produce Dutch Yellow Potatoes
  • 1 Pound Melissa’s Produce Ruby Gold Potatoes
  •  ¼ Pound thick cut bacon (Smoked and center cut is best)
  • ½ Large sweet brown onion
  • 3 Garlic cloves – minced
  • ½ Trimmed Melissa’s Produce Leek-  cut in ¼ inch slices (¼ white segments  and ¼ green segments)
  • 1 Bunch Melissa’s Produce Flowering Kale – cut or torn into one inch segments (may substitute any type of kale or cabbage)
  • ¼ Cup Guinness stout
  • 3 Cups chicken stock
  • 3 Cups milk (low fat or whole)
  • 1 Quart heavy cream

 

Soup Instructions

1)      Using a stock pot, boil the potatoes in salted water until potato smashes with flat fork

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon - Cook potatoes until you can smash them with a flat fork

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon – Cook potatoes until you can smash them with a flat fork

 

-While potatoes boil-

2)      In a deep pan, cook bacon to a light crisp  – reserve ½ rendered fat

ale and Bacon Soup - Bacon

Cook the bacon to a crisp

 

3)      Using the same pan that you cooked the bacon, adjust heat to medium.  Add onions, garlic and leek slices to hot pan.  

4)      When onions begin to sweat, add kale.  Cook until kale begins to wilt. Remove from heat. 

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon - Cook potatoes until you can smash them with a flat fork - Saute bacon, garlic, onion, leek and kale

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon – Cook potatoes until you can smash them with a flat fork – Saute bacon, garlic, onion, leek and kale

 

6)      Drain potatoes and gently smash potatoes until they are all broken up. You want a very chunky mash.

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon - Smash the potatoes

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon – Smash the potatoes (DO NOT MASH)

 

7)      Add potatoes to the pan and add some of the reserved bacon fat, salt, lemon juice, Guinness,  salt and fresh pepper to taste.

9)      With heat still on Medium-high, integrate the potatoes and vegetables.  Allowing the potatoes to slightly brown and stick to the pan.

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon - Add smashed potatoes to vegetable saute

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon – Add smashed potatoes to vegetable saute

 

10)   Using the same stockpot that you boiled the potatoes,  add the chicken stock, milk and heavy cream.Heat until milk mixture begins to simmer. Stir regularly.

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon -  Add milk, cream and chicken stock to pot. Bring to a simmer

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon – Add milk, cream and chicken stock to pot.

 

11)   Add the potato mixture to milk mixture. Stir to integrate ingredients.

12)   Cook on medium-low heat for at least 10 minutes, longer for a thicker soup.

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon -  Simmer Soup for at least 10 minutes

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon – Simmer Soup for at least 10 minutes

 

13)   Serve with chives or green onions.

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon

Irish Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon

Calconnan Instructions

At step  9, add one cup of milk and ½ cup butter to the potato mixture.

Whip potatoes until thick and fluffy.  

 

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About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

8 comments

  1. Oh my goodness this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe! Will definitely be trying it out for St. Patrick’s Day!

  2. WOW, this looks amazing and, with your post, somewhat easy to make. I think we are having Irish Potato Soup for dinner. Wish me luck!

  3. Tom it’s like you’ve read my mind today! We’re all struggling with colds in our house so I was thinking of making soup for dinner – and now I’ve the perfect recipe – thank you!

  4. The finished potato soup looks great! Like the top down view of the ingredients being prepped too.

  5. Bacon? There’s something about bacon that’s almost irresistible. I’d love to try this, contains all the things I like!

  6. this looks delicious and i love this idea as a new idea for posts on your blog!

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