Saturday, December 16, 2017

Green Kale Soup for #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This month the theme for our Soup Saturday Swappers was Thanks for the Memories, and is hosted by Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm.  Come to think of it, she's also the one who came up with this whole Soup Saturday Swappers idea. 
Great theme.  I've been craving a couple of different soups my mom used to make, one of which had Chervil in it and the other one Green Kale.
You know where I'm going with this, yup, right back to my Danish roots. To be exact, Grønlangkål Suppe or Green Kale Soup.
Many times soup is served a little differently in Denmark.  You start with a bowl of the broth, and then the meat and vegetables are dished up and served as the main course. 
Although I never quite liked how 'dry' the meat and potatoes were when they were served, I always wanted gravy on them.  Dad relished it though, and it is a sneaky way to fill up a little before the main course.
This soup however is one I loved as a young person, never mind that it was chock-ful of vegetables, it spelled comfort to me.   I would love to take the meat and cut it into small pieces and add it to the soup, along with the potatoes.
I did a bit of a twist to this though, instead of cooking a nice meaty pork shoulder bone, one with lots of meat and cartilage, slow cooked in some water to which salt and pepper had been added along with a nice bay leaf and some onion, I used the liquid from a Rullepølse (rolled sausage) I'd made. 
The liquid from that was so tasty, I decided that it could be my base for the Green Kale Soup.  BTW, the kale was courtesy of a friend, who invited me to come on by and grab some greens out of her garden. Nothing like fresh, organic produce.  Which kinda reminded me of the farm where we grew all our own vegetables, and harvested them when they were ready, I used to munch on the fresh kale leaves after picking it.  I loved green kale, actually, I liked most vegetables so long as they weren't cooked.  But kale is probably one of my favorites.  Not only in this soup, but also as Grønlangkål, which was creamed kale, served with Brunede Kartofler and Ham.  Such memories. But this soup hit the spot beautifully the other day, and in fact hit the spot for lunch a few days in a row. 
Chop up some fresh leeks, the white part only, into thin slices. 
 Add some lovely fresh Kale
 It was so pretty, I had to share more than one picture.
Remove the stems from the Kale and either discard them or save them for stock, then chop up the leaves.  I chiffonade them then, chop them up a little more.
 Add the leeks to the soup along with some chopped carrots
 then add the chopped kale.
Simmer until the carrots are cooked and the kale is cooked as well.  Serve it with some fresh rye bread or a nice crusty roll.  I enjoyed it with some ryebread and a slice of Rullepølse.



You do add potatoes to this soup as well, but I didn't this time round and I didn't miss them either.

You can also add some rolled oats to the soup to thicken it up, but I don't remember Mom doing that. 
Here's the full recipe for my #SoupSaturdaySwappers soup for this month.


Yield: 4 servings

Green Kale Soup - Grønlangkål Suppe

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 21 MINStotal time: 36 mins
This is the soup of my childhood, rich with kale and carrots and a perfect warming soup.

ingredients:


6 cups Pork Stock
3 carrots, cut into coins and cut in half again
1 leek, white parts only, cut into rings
1 bunch Green Kale, chiffonaded
1-2 firm red potatoes, cubed
1 cup chopped cooked pork - Optional
Salt and Pepper to taste

instructions:


Pour the stock into a large pot and start to heat.  Add the carrots, potatoes leeks and kale and cook for about 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender and the kale is cooked.   Taste for seasoning and add more salt or pepper if desired.   Add the pork at any time during the cooking process if you wish.
Serve with either a piece of rye bread or a crisp bread roll.
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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

17 comments:

  1. Sid, this looks and sounds fantastic! It's right up my alley and I will definitely be making this Kale Soup! P~

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    1. It was so good, and I was sorry to eat the last of it,sigh. I guess it's time to make more soup.

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  2. What a lovely memory! I love all of the flavors in this soup, and can't wait to try it. P.S. I LOVE your bowl! It looks like the Dansk dishes I used to have.

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    1. I remember well, eating soup the 'Danish' way, and this soup brought back some lovely memories. And the bowl is Dansk, a lovely friend gifted it to me and I had to use it for this soup.

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  3. There are great flavors in your soup. I especially liked using pork stock..I am a lover of pork! Thank you for sharing your memory and this soup!

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    1. I love this soup and in fact will be making it again soon. As it just so happens I've got a Boston Butt in the oven right now, and the bone will be used to make more stock. One can never have too much home made stock in freezer. And pork just so happens to be my favorite meat.

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  4. After reading this, kale soup is definitely going on my list of soups to try...it sounds crazy yummy!!!

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    1. I'm doing a repeat on it this week, had forgotten just how much I love it.

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  5. I love when you share your recipes from Denmark. Having a son, daughter in law, grandson and daughter in Denmark it makes me feel close to them. I mark many recipes to make for them when they are next able to come for a visit.

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    1. Thank you, I hope your son and family are able to come for a visit soon. Although they may want 'American' food when they come. However if they need a touch of hygge, you can always make them something from one of my recipes.

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  6. This looks delicious and I love your Dansk bowls! I grew up with those bowls- my parents were big fans!

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    1. I'm lucky to have the bowl, a good friend gifted me several Dansk bowls, and I'm using them when I make Danish food. And the soup was tasty.

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  7. What a pretty and healthy soup! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. This is a pretty soup and healthy, not to mention it tastes wonderful.

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  8. This looks fantastic. We are huge fans of kale. I'll give this a try and tell my favorite Danes where I got the recipe.

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    1. Kale is good food. This is a great soup and I'm actually making it again this week. Enjoy.

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  9. Wow! fantastic and healthy kale soup.

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