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Aunt Lil's Smoky Bacon and Potato Soup

5 ounces smoked streaky bacon

1 cups finely chopped onions

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons oil

1 pound 2 ounces potatoes

2 cups homemade chicken stock

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 cups milk

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Remove the rind from the bacon and keep aside. Chop the smoky bacon and onions finely.

Melt the butter and oil in a saucepan, add bacon and cook for a few minutes, then add onions; cover and sweat on a gentle heat until soft but not colored.

Add the bacon rind to the stock. Peel the potatoes and chop very finely, add to the saucepan and stir until it becomes quite thick and sticky.

Season with salt and pepper (very little salt). Keep on stirring and add the milk slowly. Boil until the potatoes are soft; they will disintegrate into a puree.

Remove the bacon rind, add the chopped parsley, taste and serve, add more chicken stock or milk if the soup is too thick.

Yield: Serves 6

Source: Lil Kelleghan, Kilkenny, Ireland




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