Lettuce Eat Soup!!

I had mentioned in an earlier post that GP told me his Mother used to make lettuce soup when he was little.  So, like the radish sandwiches I recreated for my Mom from her childhood, this is for GP & one of his childhood memories. I have to say, I was really surprised how delicious it was. I did not expect so much sweetness & flavor. I am sure using Matt’s fresh lettuce & potatoes helped a lot. It reminded me of a much sweeter split pea soup.  The recipe did call for water, but I used chicken stock instead. And I doubled the amount of potatoes.  I topped it with sour cream and more scallions. The tangy sour cream gave the soup a nice balance. I really recommend this if you have too much lettuce and don’t know what to do with it.  Nice seeing a few of you at the market this morning! (Shout out to my blog buddy Tom!) 

The Recipe from the site epicurious. 1 c scallions (or onions) , 1 clove garlic, minced, 3 tbsp butter,3/4 tsp coriander, 3/4 tsp salt ( I did not use this much because of the stock) , 1/4 tsp pepper, 3/4 diced potatoes ( I doubled this), 8 c chopped lettuce, & 3 c water( I used stock). Cook onion & garlic in 2 tbsp butter over low heat. 3-5 min. Add coriander, S & P, cook 1 min. Add potatoes, lettuce, water or stock, bring to a boil. Reduce ,cover & simmer until the potato is tender. 10 min. Puree soup in batches in blender. ( careful when blending hot liquids. Add small amounts at a time.) Transfer to a saucepan. Add remaining butter.  Enjoy!


5 thoughts on “Lettuce Eat Soup!!

  1. theneighborboys

    Hi! Good to see you and GP this morning. The soup is so interesting. I’ve never known anyone to make lettuce soup, but I may have to give it a try this fall. If it’s a hit, I can see myself using up lettuce this way quite often. And I heartily agree with the substitution of chicken stock for water. I’m sure that improved it immensely.

  2. andrewsbeth

    You know Tom, I had never heard of this soup either till GP. I was surprised about the taste. I can see why you blend it in all the recipes I looked at, because wilted lettuce not so good to eat. Really, I say give it a go!

  3. Carolyn Galizio

    I am so happy that GP went to the market again this morning! I wasn’t ready until 10:15 today- I got to see Richard Pryor play the ukelele in a band!

    Soup sounds weird but looks great. It must be just more delicate than endive or escarole, right?

  4. jeffchild

    Yea, that dancer was interesting wasn’t she? I loved the side kick I’m gonna get that fly out there somewhere move every now and then….very different but fun.


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