Friday, January 9, 2009

Danish Potato Soup

Leftover ham from your holiday dinner? I would like to suggest trying this creamy and delicious Danish Potato Soup.  Topped with a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg makes this soup even more delightful.

Try a chaser of Akvavit to complete your Danish experience if you dare.  It's strong stuff! 

Danish Potato Soup

My hubby and I both gave this Taste of Home recipe two tubers (or thumbs) up~

Printable Recipe



1 meaty ham bone
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
6 green onions, sliced
3 celery ribs, chopped
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
2 cups chopped cabbage
2 medium carrots, diced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup half-and-half cream
Ground nutmeg

My notes: I used a smoked ham shank and increased the number of potatoes and carrots and would even add more next time I make this recipe. Instead of regular half and half I used fat free and I used Savoy cabbage. Also, the original recipe calls for no salt and pepper so I added a little of the former and a lot of the latter ;)


In a soup kettle, bring ham bone and 2 quarts water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour or until meat pulls away from the bone.

Remove ham bone. When cool enough to handle, trim any meat and dice. Discard bone. Return ham to kettle along with potatoes, onions, celery, parsley, cabbage and carrots; cook 40 minutes.

Combine flour and 1/4 cup cold water until smooth. Slowly pour into the soup, stirring constantly. Bring soup to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Reduce heat; stir in cream. Remove from the heat. Garnish with nutmeg. Yield: 6 servings.


  1. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I just love your red lion bowls on the red plates, they would make any soup look delish but potato soup just happens to be one of my favorites. This one looks good and the addition of nutmeg is something fun. I think I'll have my soup with just water though, 40% alcohol sounds a little stiff for me ;-) Susan, what a great darling baker soup post.

  2. Susan , I'm another fan of your red on red bowls and plates. They are absolutely eye-catching ... Your pictures are first-rate.

    No Aquavit for me, please, that stuff is STRONG!

  3. yes, another fan of the red. It really is striking, especially the way you photograph them. Fantastic! Soup looks great! Part two. Will there be a part three? I love potatoes :) Soup looks delicious!

  4. Susan, your pictures are as artistic as your paintings. And make that 4 of us who are enamored with the red soup bowl. But the content looks just as wonderful!

    I have never tried Akvavit, so of course, I won't comment on that, and since you think it's strong, well then, I'll just take your word for it [G]

  5. Mmmm...this looks delicious. I am a huge soup fan and this sounds great...especially during all the cold weather here.

  6. This sounds so tasty! I just love potato soup and this is a nice variation that I'd like to try!

  7. as always its beautiful here~ the 2 tubers up cracked me up! dancing potatoes too, you are on a comedy tour too!

  8. Thank so much Marsha, Cynthia, Carol and Sol! Red does make me happy :)

    Thanks for the visit, Melissa and Alejandra!

  9. Oops! Missed you Jain! We must have been posting at the same time :) Thanks :)

  10. Could go for that right now...fabulous pic too...!

  11. Your wonderful potato soup looks amazing. I've never started with a ham bone or added cabbage. Sounds delicious.

    I've enjoyed my visit very much. Your photos are stunning.

  12. Thanks Kathleen and Cathy - and thank you for visiting, Cathy :)

  13. Susan, I know the soup had to be so good... and a pretty meal in the reds!

  14. I knew my baby sister was multi-talented, but didn't know she was a celebrity!! Very nice!!!!

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  16. Yummy I love potato chowders. It was a staple growing up and is such a comfort food! Do you think the cream will have much effect on my diet ;)!


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