Did you ever try to lose weight on the Cabbage Soup Diet? I did. In fact when I worked at State Bank, the entire staff from drive-through teller to bank president succumbed to the nastiness. By God(!) in only seven days we would be the skinniest bankers in Dallas!
Within four days we morphed into brainless zombies. Glazed eyes. Pale. Weak. The office space smelled foul as each person re-heated individual containers of soup throughout the day. Mushy cabbage soup.
For seven days, zero business transpired. Reasoning skills halted. Any idiot could have strolled into the branch and walked out with the cash vault balance.
THIS is not that soup.
This soup is delicious. This soup includes butter and potato and other real ingredients not allowed on the soul-sucking cabbage soup diet.
Since it rained all day yesterday (which always makes me want soup) and since I received a huge head of cabbage in my Greenling box, I whipped this up just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s Irish and green, you know…
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped (mostly the white parts)
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt
- 32 oz (4 cups) chicken broth
- 1 large Idaho baking potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 Tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 1/2 Tablespoon fresh thyme
- freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 2 Tablespoons sour cream
- Heat oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add cabbage, green onion, garlic, and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook until the cabbage is slightly softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the broth, potatoes, parsley, thyme and 1/2 t salt. Simmer, covered, until the potatoes and cabbage are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
- Let cool approximately 15 minutes. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Once smooth, stir in sour cream. Add additional salt if needed. Serve immediately. Top with a dab of extra sour cream and a sprinkle freshly ground pepper.
This soup is a great stand-alone meal, but for a little something different at your next dinner party, serve cabbage and potato soup shots as an appetizer before the main course. Soup shots are always festive.
Happy St. Patty’s Day!
Grace Grits and Gardening
“Peter lost one of his shoes among the cabbages, and the other shoe amongst the potatoes.”
― Beatrix Potter
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