Sour Cucumber Soup
Cucumber soup is a traditional Polish soup made from sour, salted cucumbers and potatoes. For some, this soup cannot be made without heavy cream, but I like my soup to be light and refreshing, so I skip that part. This soup is great in the summer but also can be warming and soothing in the winter; just add more vegetables and/or rice/buckwheat and a splash of cream. A similar soup is also common in other parts of Eastern Europe, so that means it has to be good!
- 5-6 pickled cucumbers
(you might need to add few tablespoons of brine if the soup isn't salty and sour enough)
- 1 carrot
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 ½ ltr (50 fl.oz.) vegetable broth
- 4 potatoes
- salt & pepper
- heavy cream (optional)
Grate the cucumbers (with skin) and the carrot on a big, coarse grater and set aside. Melt the butter on a frying pan, add the grated veggies and cook on a low heat until soft for about 10 minutes.
Peel the potatoes and cut them into small cubes. Heat up the broth, add potatoes and cook until soft. Do not add salt.
Add cucumbers with carrot and boil for another 10 minutes. Try the soup for taste and add salt, pepper or brine if needed. Add some finely chopped dill and a couple of spoons of cream if you want.