This one is at least 35 years and is a repost from another list years
As a result of unprecedented demand, the following is provided from my
My version is a modified form of a version found in the Amish
of Lancaster County, Pa.
I have had many a bowl of this soup in the cockpit while on the
watch sailing across L Erie from someplace on the south shore to
Bay on the Ontario side.
For those of you who have a low cal hang up, forget it for a while.
feeds a lot of people, and besides, the dairy farmers need your
Famous Recipes From The Sloped Galley And Warped Mind Of Lew Hodgett
Recipe: Lew's Spud Soup
Yield: 12-16 Qts
Item Quantity Ingredient
01 1 Lb Sliced bacon cut into 1" wide strips
02 3-5 Tbl Flour
03 10 Lb White potatoes, peeled & cubed
04 2 Bunch Celery, chopped fine
05 5 Lb Onion, peeled & chopped fine
06 3 Tbl Salt
07 1 Tbl White pepper
08 1 Bunch Fresh parsley, chopped fine
09 1/4 Lb Butter
10 3 Pt Whipping cream (36% Butter fat, The Good Stuff)
11 4-6 Qt Water
Use 16 Qt pot. Slowly brown bacon until well done. Remove meat from
pot and save. Pour off one half the grease retaining drippings.
Return pot to low heat and slowly add flour to create a roux. Stir
constantly with a whisk until mixture is evenly browned and bottom of
pot is clean. (A dark brown roux) Slowly add 6-8 cups of water a
at a time continuing to use whisk to evenly dissolve roux in water.
Allow roux to thicken, raise heat, return bacon to pot, add potatoes,
celery, parsley, salt, white pepper and enough water to cover
Cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30-40 minutes.
Add butter and whipping cream, stir and allow to return to a boil.
Remove from heat, garnish individual servings with croutons and enjoy.
NOTE: This recipe is built around a 16 Qt pot and a group of friends
and acquaintances who seem to know when the pot is on.
You may be successful in down sizing this recipe to a more
manageable size for a small group if required.
As always, things like this are best the following day.
One of my favorite ways is to package this soup in one gallon plastic
containers, and refrigerate, then take a gallon and go sailing.
A warm bowl of spud soup on a damp night watch is not too shabby.
It's a tough life, but somebody gotta do it <G>
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