Dill Pickle Soup (Zupa ogorkowa)

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Dill Pickle Soup








6 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock or beef stock

4 large dill pickles, shredded

1 thinly sliced carrot (optional)

1/2 cup pickle juice, from the pickle jar

2 1/2 cups potatoes (small cubes)

2 tablespoons instant flour

1 egg (optional)

chopped fresh dill

chopped frest parsley (optional)

1 cup lean pork, cooked, shredded (OPTIONAL!)

sour cream

salt and pepper to taste


In a large saucepan or soup pot with cover, combine stock, carrot, dill, parsley, pork and potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook covered, over low heat until potatoes start to get soft (at least 20 minutes). Incorporate the pickles and pickle liquid and cook together for another 20 minutes.
Mix flour with 2 tbsp water and add to broth. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
Combine egg, sour cream and butter and stir into broth.
Return pot to the stove and heat through without boiling. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with extra sour cream and/or dill.




Notes: Below are pictures of same soup made differently each time. First one was made with meat, carrot and dry dill. Second soup was made without meat, sour cream and carrot, plus I used fresh parsley and dill (you may see a tiny bit of carrot in he picture, but it is just leftover from the bulion). Experiment with amount of ingredients and find combination which tastes best for you. Season always to YOUR TASTE (:





Comments (11)
  • AP  - Pickling cucumbers
    I am glad I could be of help (: I see that part of my post yesterday was erased (??).
    I copied it and pasted below (although I understand that cucumbers are already in the process of pickling (:)
    Just in case, for others:

    "...3 fresh roots of horseradish.
    That will help the pickles stay hard and they will be "fresh" for a longer time.

    Salted water
    ( 1 tbsp. of salt per 4 cups)

    You need to use sterilized jars. Wash and cut off both ends of the cucumbers. Slice up your horseradish roots. Salt needs to be dissolve in hot water. Darker sides of cucumbers go up. Stems of dill go on top of the jar. Make sure that cucumbers are covered completely in water".
  • Andzia  - Andzia
    Thank you so much similar to what my Mom did just no horseradish root, I have put horseradish leaf in to my vinegar pickles to keep crisp. Thank you for the video good thing I can understand polish!!!!!!! The one thing my parents taught us and ever so thankful for that !! Will let you know if they turn out !!!!!!
    Thanks Again
  • Anonymous  - Pickling cucumbers
    Hi Andzia-You like the challenge I see (:!
    I have never made my own pickles while living in U.S, so I am not sure if you can get all what is needed. To make it easier, below you can find a link to one of the polish videos showing step-by-step of how to do it. It is in Polish, but shows clearly what and in what order. I did small translation for you at the end of the post.
    Here it is:


    You will need:

    3 kilos of washed, pickling small-medium cucumbers
    (I am not sure how many pounds it is, but it should make about 5 medium jars, like in the video. If you have less cucumbers, just reduce the amount of other ingredients)

    2 stems of dill herb with seeds
    This kind:


    I never saw this one at my grocery store. Wholefoods maybe? Tough one ):

    5 large peeled cloves of garlic

    3 fresh roots of horseradish.
    That will help the pickles stay hard and they will be "fresh...
  • Andzia  - Angela
    Ok finally found pickling cukes to make the soup but was wondering if you had a recipe to pickle them, kinda remember what my Mom did but not that positive since she passed on, and my Dad does not quite remember. So with your imput and with what I remember it could help.


    P.S. Everyone in the family Keeps Bugging me to make VERY Large Pot !!!!!!!!
  • Angela  -  Andzia/ Pickle Soup
    Kinda figured that guess next time in the City will have to search for store or wait till summer and make My own pickles Thank You for your reply !!!! Greatly appreciated :)
  • Anonymous
    Andzia-nooooo! I hope I replied to you on time. You remember correctly, that the pickles needed for this soup are WITHOUT vinegar. I live in US and buy those in polish store.I also recently discover very similiar pickles (without videgar) in arabic section at my very regular grocery store. They are canned and a bit more spicy than polish ones, so I just reduce spices in the soup. It works. Last resort is ordering some products online. My friend shops this way and he buys sausages, pickles, and even polish style rye bread which is being shipped to him from Chicago (: Check this out. I know it is hard to find a lot of things we use in polish dishes while living out of Poland, but there are some options and substitutes (: Good luck with that and thank you for visiting our website (: Best Regards!
  • Andzia  - Pickle Soup
    Could I use Store bought pickles that contain vinegar, I Use to get pickles from My parents but It has been Many years. Mom Passed away and their pickles contained No vinegar and Not sure if their is a Brand of Pickles that you can buy with out it. I'm from Canada Alberta

  • suburbangrandma  - Pickle soup
    My mother-in-law taught me how to cook this soup, since it was my husband's favorite.
    The pickles really add a very refreshing taste to this soup.
  • Grace
    Just like Babcia used to make. Delicious!
  • Fiona
    This was easy and pretty darn good.
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