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Nov 24, 2008 11:43 AM

Polish sour pickle soup?

I had heard good things about this soup at a Polish restaurant in the Boston area. But then I tried it and I cannot stop thinking about it. Tangy, light, with some simple veggies, a good amount of pickle brine and good butter, I'd love to replicate it at home. I found a few recipes online like this one, but am looking for anyone's mom's or grandmom's recipe. Does anyone make this at home?

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  1. From a Polish website:

    Dill Pickle Soup: (Zupa Ogorkowa)

    6 cups of beef broth
    1 lb cauliflower (cut into small flowerettes)
    2T of instant flour
    1C milk
    1 egg yolks
    2T soft butter
    4 large Dill Pickles
    2/3C liquid from the jar
    2.5C boiled and sliced potatoes

    Bring broth to boil.
    + flour mixed with .5C of milk
    bring just to boil. remove from heat.
    + egg yolks mixed w/ butter
    + pickles, potaotes and liguid

    heat but DO NOT BOIL

    serves 12 although if you eat it like a polish person then i say it serves 4. lol

    i also tend to add some dill to this (1t-1T depending on how much you like dill)

    5 Replies
    1. re: Taralli

      Sounds good, but entirely different than the version at Cafe Polonia. That version seems to be dairy free and made with chicken broth.

      1. re: DoubleMan

        Actually there is some debate among the group of us at the restaurant as to if the soup that night was creamy or not. I think it was slightly creamy, perhaps with some sour cream in the broth, but others remember differently. The broth definitely had some body to it, not just brothy. On the other hand, the picture of the soup in the Globe (below) looks too thick. The good news is most of the ingredients are the same across the recipes I've found so it should taste right.

        1. re: yumyum

          Thanks for reminding me about the Globe recipe. Made it quite a few times last winter and it is wonderful. You can make it as thick or thin as you like. It is not made with dill pickles, but with 1/2 sours. I use Jewish 1/2 sours (Batampte is what my supermarket carries) which are pickled in brine rather than vinegar (don't know if 1/2 sours are ever pickled in vinegar).
          I found that, unlike most soups, it is only really good the day it is made; it loses a lot of its flavor once refrigerated.

      2. re: Taralli

        Taralli, thanks. Have you made this one? I found it in my search too, but the version at Cafe Polonia definitely didn't have cauliflower. Is this a close approximation?

        1. re: yumyum

          Polish girl,here. Here' what I remember. Typically, add-ins like cauliflower or mashed vs. sliced potatoes had to do with what was in the fridge that needed to be used up. I've had it with small dumpings when there were no potatoes (rare in a Polish household but it happens!)

        1. re: Oodles of Noodles

          Thicker than any I've ever had. Garlic, mustard seed, and scallions were not ingredients the babcias and aunties ever used but if they're ingredients you like, then use them.

          Now after this, who's up for czarnina?

        2. I had it once in SoCal. could not tell you more other than it was veg (or maybe veal) broth and cream based, I don't think it had potatoes or cauliflower but that may have just been that chef's version. the SO almost, almost replicated it once - close enough, but that was years ago,

          if using dairy the key is to avoid a curdle.

          and good luck - a worthy goal.

          1. In Russia we call similar type pickle soup rassolnik and this is similar to a recipe my mom uses
   but with turkey
            the thick texture comes from the barley but additional creaminess can be achieved by adding sour cream when serving.

            1. Having shared the soup with yumyum I, too, was on a quest. I feel like I hit it tonight. Of course I don't *really* remember the soup in enough detail to be sure it is identical, but tonight's soup was very good. I combined two recipes we found to get:

              2 Tbsp butter (Olselka)
              1 largish onion, halved and sliced
              4 c chicken broth
              3 c chopped dill pickles (Babushka Dill Pickles)
              2/3 c pickle liquid from jar
              2 1/2 c chopped peeled potatoes
              1 c heavy cream
              2 Tbsp Wondra
              salt and white pepper
              1 egg yolk
              2 Tbsp butter - maybe a bit more, I didn't measure

              Saute onions in 2 Tbsp butter until translucent. Add broth, pickles, pickle liquid and potatoes. Simmer 20 minutes, until potatoes are very tender. Blend wondra and
              cream. Add to broth, bring to boil and remove from heat. Stir in egg yolk
              and butter. S and P.

              This is a thin, light, but rich tasting broth. I'm very pleased!!!!