Appalachian Food

Its National Soup Month

pot of potato soup

One of my fellow Appalachian Instagrammers alerted me that it was national soup month with one of his posts last week. Who knew there even was a national soup month!

Once I made the astonishing discovery about soup month I decided to go back in the Blind Pig archives to see what sort of soup recipes I’d shared before.

One of my favorite soups is potato soup and this is my go to recipe.

  • dice three fairly large potatoes and cook in salted water till tender
  • drain potatoes and add back to pot
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • add 1/2 cup sour-cream and 1/2 stick of butter to the cooked potatoes
  • with a potato masher or other utensil mash potatoes to your desired consistency, I like chunks left in mine, but I know other folks prefer theirs smooth
  • once you have the potatoes like you want them and the butter has melted add one cup of milk and heat through

You can fry up some bacon to sprinkle on top of your soup or add shredded cheese. But in my opinion you cannot have a good bowl of potato soup without a cake of cornbread.

Crumble cornbread in a bowl, cover with soup, and sprinkle a few onions on top and you have a feast. A feast that if you’re not careful, in Pap’s words you’ll bust your belly on.


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    January 14, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    I love, love potato soup. I just made some last week. And your right Tipper, you have to have Cornbread. Just thinking about it makes me hungry. I took some with me to work and gave some to the little woman i take care of. She loved it. She ate 2 bowls. It surprised me. Me and her both was filled to the gills, sorty say.

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    Barbara Parker
    January 13, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Great Appalachian minds do work alike. As I sat down at the computer with my big bowl of potato soup here is your feature, “potato soup!” My recipe is almost like yours other than I add a little diced onion to the potatoes as they cook. It’s delicious and filling, a true comfort food on this rainy, foggy, cozy evening. I thank God for the blessings He sends to us. After a funeral today my hubby and I rode up to my Grandparents old home place in Blairsville and as I walked the abandoned home place I found several bunches of crease “sallet.” Of course I couldn’t let it go to waste so I harvested enough to make us a good mess for tomorrow. Every time I go there I can almost feel the memories crowding my mind and bringing Grandma and Grandpa and other kin folks close to my heart all over again. I love it there.

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    January 13, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Add some fish or clams and you’ll have chowder – and now I’m craving chowder!

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      January 14, 2020 at 6:45 am

      Quinn-Good idea!

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    January 13, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Potato soup was the first soup I learned to cook as a kid, standing on a chair over the stovetop. Your recipe sounds alot yummier!

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    Miss Cindy
    January 13, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    I love homemade soup and eat it often. I don’t really have recipes, I’ve made so much soup that I don’t need one. I just make whatever strikes my fancy. Currently I’m on a kale soup kick. Kale is supposedly the healthiest green veggie out there and I do want to be healthy so….it’s kale soup!
    Potatoes make a very fine soup also and your recipe sounds delicious.
    I’m a soup lover and I’ll eat most any homemade soup but I don’t like the canned soups!

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    January 13, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Great weather for any kind of soup! It seems young folks don’t like as well, because it is not a staple as it once was. Grandson never eats in school lunch, because they use all that processed ready made stuff. I love it so it is a bit of a problem, because it is something used to be cooked in big pot and shared. I have had to learn to cook in small crockpot. Just learned in last year or so that sour cream is delicious in potato soup. I also make a wonderful dip from sour cream with a packet of onion soup mix. I sometimes add some celery and onions while cooking, and then actually thicken with smashed cracker crumbs. Gotta start adding crumbled bacon on top, because that sounds so goood. Your posts always make me hungry 🙂

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    Ed Ammons
    January 13, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I don’t have any potatoes. Will arsh taters do?

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    January 13, 2020 at 9:46 am

    You can’t beat a good bowl of potato soup!

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    Melissa P (Misplaced Southerner)
    January 13, 2020 at 9:36 am

    I found a pretty quick way to make potato soup. I know it’s kinda cheatin’, but with my work schedule (leave at 5:30 a.m. and don’t get home until 4 p.m. then it’s on to chores), I don’t have much time to do things the “long way” often. I buy the bags of already diced potatoes and warm them in butter. Then I put in milk and/or half-and-half and use instant mashed potatoes to the consistency I like. My husband likes to put diced ham and cheese in his. I like to chop green onion tops on mine. Not really the same as the comfortable, longer version, but works in a pinch. I am going to have to try using sour cream. I love it and it would add a little tang.

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    January 13, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Every month is soup month at my house. My vegetarian daughter makes potato soup often. I mostly stick with the less fattening vegetable soup made with lots of cabbage and served with a pone of cornbread, never crackers. My daughters never eat my vegetable soup because I add a can of corned beef. They say it is not vegetable soup once I add the beef. My favorite soup is one I found on The Taste Of Home website called Slow Cooked Mexican Beef Soup. It’s like beef stew with a bit of a kick and the most delicious flavor of any Mexican recipe I have ever tried.

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    aw griff
    January 13, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Tipper, I think it must be soup winter. My Wife starts making soup at the first sign of cold weather and makes soup until it warms up in Spring. Unfortunately, she can’t eat potato soup because she has sugar. I’m already burnt out on vegetable soup with beef or vegetable soup with pork.
    Potato soup was my Dad’s favorite soup, but I don’t remember him using sour cream. I’ll have to make this for myself.

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    Janet Smart
    January 13, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Hi TIpper. Sounds good! I love potato soup and I love trivia, so I did know that January was National Soup Month. I write for kids and I always incorporate trivia in my writing – they love it. I have two potato soup recipes that I cook all the time and both of them use sour cream. in addition to putting shredded cheddar cheese and bacon on top, I also put them in the soup and simmer for a few more minutes. Makes me want to cook a large pot for supper – and bake some cornbread!

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    Ron Stephens
    January 13, 2020 at 8:18 am

    You and my wife, Sharon, are both fans of potato soup. I like it OK but somehow I want more ‘stuff’ in it. I think of it as a great base for something more. Guess I would cross over into a stew? Maybe it is just me or maybe it is a ‘guy thing’?

    Anyway, January and soup is a good match. When it is cold, windy, rainy, foggy and gray a comfort food is just what one wants. I have been wanting to make a field pea and ham soup but Sharon doesn’t seem inclined to help me eat it.

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    Gayle Larson
    January 13, 2020 at 7:51 am

    It is similar to the soup I make but I have never used sour cream. I am going to give it a try.
    Thanks for giving me new ideas. I have been stuck in a cooking rut for years. I always make things my Mother made and it is nice to try changes.

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    sheryl paul
    January 13, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Sounds so yummy

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