Chilled Potato, Cucumber and Dill Soup

This recipe from Aug Living (Chilled Cucumber and Potato Soup with Dill) is a take off on vichyssoise which I do enjoy. Mr. MarthaAndMe is deeply offended by cold soups, but was willing to at least taste this one.

You start by cooking the onions (1/2 cup in 1 tbsp olive oil) for 3 min. Then add the potatoes (1 russet that has been peeled and shopped into 1/2 inch pieces) for 3 min. My potatoes stuck to the pan and made a horrific mess and I ended up adding some broth to get them unstuck. Then you add the cukes (2 medium, peeled and coarsely chopped). I didn’t have quite enough cukes, so I used a little zucchini too. You cook this until almost tender, about 5 min. Again, it all stuck to the bottom of the pan and got messy. Finally I was able to add the broth (1 and 1/4 c)and cook it all without a problem. I used my handheld immersion blender to whiz this up and it pureed nicely. I added the buttermilk (3/4 cup) and dill (3 tbsp chopped) and chilled. I also added some additional salt since it tasted bland to me.

I thought this was good. It doesn’t have the oniony-ness of true vichysoisse, but I enjoyed the flavor. It didn’t taste anything like cucumbers – mostly it tasted like potato and dill. Mr. MarthaAndMe gagged down a spoonful or two and didn’t care for it. Teen Martha liked it. Dude Martha thought it was gross. Oh well. I guess I’ll wait to have cold soup in a restaurant the next time I want it!

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12 Responses to Chilled Potato, Cucumber and Dill Soup

  1. Sorry. I would have to agree with Mr. Martha on this one! I’m not a big fan of soup hot, particularly potato soup. I did taste a cold soup last month that was more like slurping a thin salsa and it was great.

  2. Mary says:

    This sounds refreshing and don’t mind the “guy” thing. They usually aren’t interested in anything that doesn’t walk on four feet and moo. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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  4. Yep, I can’t get anyone to eat cold soup here either 😦 My kids will eat Thai food and Sushi but cold soup is a big no! I’m glad to read your review on it as I would’ve made it right away based on the title but now… I think I’ll find another recipe ;o) Thanks for taking one for the team Brette :op

  5. John says:

    its funny how you mention that you are deeply offended by cold soups because I feel exactly the same way. i should try cold soups more often. it might grow on me.

  6. marthaandme says:

    I’m not deeply offended – Mr. MarthaAndMe is. I like cold soups and had a lot of them growing up, so I think they’re good.

  7. Alexandra says:

    I love cold soup in summer. We have a bumper crop of cukes in the garden this summer, and we also grow organic potatoes, so this idea is really perfect for dinner tonight. Thanks!

  8. marthaandme says:

    I am so jealous that you grow all those wonderful things.

  9. This looks delicious. Hate to seem narrow-minded — but how can anybody *not* like cold soups this time of year?

  10. marthaandme says:

    You need to have a chat with Mr. MarthaAndMe and explain that to him!

  11. Mr Martha is nuts. I LOVE cold soup. Especially on hot days. It’s hot in Ashland and everywhere else (even Moscow, if you saw the front page of the NYT today!). I’ll have to make some tonight…

  12. Yeah, my husband won’t do cold soup either. I love it. I think he’s just gonna have to suffer. This looks great.

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