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Old 11-30-2008, 12:29 AM   #1
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Question Christmas Dinner and What Kind of Soup to Serve?

Traditionally, for Christmas dinner my family has ham, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole (my brother's favorite), fruit salad, etc. This year we are adding a spinach salad to lighten the menu. I suggested that we also have a soup. I thought split pea would be a nice addition to the menu because it is light with minimal ingredients and will not be to filling. I am hoping to get some input about what type of soup to serve. The only thing my family cannot eat are onions and mushrooms.

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I think split pea soup sounds like the perfect addition. If you have any left over, you could add some left over chopped ham to it the next day. Otherwise, a broccoli-cheese soup would be good with the other foods.

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Old 11-30-2008, 12:45 AM   #3
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I thought of broccoli cheese soup, but my mom seemed to think that it would be too heavy for that meal. I thought that we could just moderate the portions served. That would leave more leftovers for me because I love broccoli cheese soup.
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In our house, split pea soup is a heavy soup that is the complete meal, along with bread and salad.

I would probably go for a cream soup (your favorite), or a butternut squash or pumpkin soup to start the meal.

edit... just read your second post... broccoli cheese would be heavy... broccoli without the cheese, wouldn't. I love Cream of Broccoli Soup!
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:47 AM   #5
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Italian wedding soup is always good
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:28 AM   #6
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Ooooooooooh, yeah! That's a great idea. Thin soup with light ingredients (as long as you don't have 14 mini meatballs in your bowl.

I like the thin soups when serving with other foods, and heavy/thick soups when soup and bread are the meal. Split pea is a heavy soup the way we make it.

One of my favorites is Ham Barley soup:



Hearty Ham Barley Soup
From the Kitchen of: Joe Valencic

Ingredients:

1/2C Sweet onion diced
2 Cloves Garlic diced
3 Celery stalks
1/2Bag baby carrots cut up into rings or whole
3-4 Medium potatoes peeled and diced
1-1/2C Pearled Barley
1 15oz Can of peas
1# Smoked pork butt, cooked ham or smoked ham hocks diced
3 14.5oz Cans of chicken broth or stock
6C Water
Salt/Pepper to taste

In a large stock pot (8qt or larger) cook onions in a little oil until translucent. Add celery, garlic and carrots and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add ham and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and liquid. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer for 1-1/2 hrs. Adjust seasoning and serve with fresh crusty bread & butter and fresh cracked pepper.
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:06 AM   #7
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one of our favorites a simple broth soup my favo is chicken I add tiny fideo pasta or a pastina when soup is done i swirl in some eaten egg keep it going in a whirlpool til it sets add some salt and pepper and that is it. It's light and easy on the tummy..I also make this when the kids are feeling puny and it really helps..If you don't care for pasta left over cooked rice is nice, top with some scallions and finely chopped parsley and your done

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Old 11-30-2008, 10:39 AM   #8
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What about a tomato basil soup with or without a little rice. Not heavy at all.
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Old 12-01-2008, 02:16 PM   #9
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JOEV that soup looks great to.
I do make very simliar one only use Keilbasa instead of ham and add some mushrooms.
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JOEV that soup looks great to.
I do make very simliar one only use Keilbasa instead of ham and add some mushrooms.
I also use smoked Slovenian sausage or smoked ham hocks as well. Any smoked meat would work well. Maybe some of those wings from smoked turkeys that did not get eaten on Thanksgiving. I think you can even buy them in the store now. Oh, I've also used a cottage ham and find that real tasty.
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Old 12-01-2008, 04:25 PM   #11
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Personally I would go with a Veggie Soup.
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Old 12-01-2008, 04:35 PM   #12
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We usually have oyster stew before Christmas dinner...I am getting hungry just thinking about it.
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Ooooooooooh, yeah! That's a great idea. Thin soup with light ingredients (as long as you don't have 14 mini meatballs in your bowl.

I like the thin soups when serving with other foods, and heavy/thick soups when soup and bread are the meal. Split pea is a heavy soup the way we make it.

One of my favorites is Ham Barley soup:



Hearty Ham Barley Soup
From the Kitchen of: Joe Valencic


Ingredients:

1/2C Sweet onion diced
2 Cloves Garlic diced
3 Celery stalks
1/2Bag baby carrots cut up into rings or whole
3-4 Medium potatoes peeled and diced
1-1/2C Pearled Barley
1 15oz Can of peas
1# Smoked pork butt, cooked ham or smoked ham hocks diced
3 14.5oz Cans of chicken broth or stock
6C Water
Salt/Pepper to taste

In a large stock pot (8qt or larger) cook onions in a little oil until translucent. Add celery, garlic and carrots and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add ham and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and liquid. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer for 1-1/2 hrs. Adjust seasoning and serve with fresh crusty bread & butter and fresh cracked pepper.
Joe, that soup looks SO good, it's making me hungry!
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:04 PM   #14
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This might sound a bit nuts but what about kapusta? Sauerkraut soup? (Charlie D...you got a recipe here?)

I think the sour taste with the ham would be delish. Just my two cents though.

The best I can remember, Dad would chop up side salt pork (diced) and fry it a bit, then he would fry the sauerkraut a bit and there would inevitably be some butter in there. Then he would add it to some homemade broth, either chicken or beef. (I preferred the chicken myself) Sometimes he would add white beans and sometimes not. Also...something to occasionally make it a bit creamy?
Cottage cheese perhaps?

I'm off to see if I can find a recipe for you.
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IMHO split pea soup is almost as heavy as a broccoli soup with or without cheese. Anything cream-based will be heavy and personally, for Christmas, I don't have a problem with that anyway.

I have a recipe for a cabbage, apple, and sausage soup. It has onion but I guess you could leave those out. Is it the flavor or an allergy? If the onion is pureed and well sauteed it will still lend a vital flavor without actually showing. I'm PM'ing you the recipe "just in case".
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:22 PM   #16
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If I were going to serve a soup with Christmas dinner, it would have to be oyster stew...or maybe clam chowder...or gumbo.
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This thread is headed down the same road of "what color should I paint my living room?" Ah, opinions...
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:51 PM   #18
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I suggest a chicken broth with a small pasta topped with chopped fresh parsley.
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:50 PM   #19
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Thumbs up Thanks for all the suggestions!!

Thanks for all the great suggestions!! Sorry, I did not reply back sooner, but I was at our district Christmas Party last night. I will run all the suggestions by the family and see what they like. It is such a hard decision. My mom and I where talking about it on the phone tonight. The veggie soup or tomato basil also sounds like they would fit the bill. I personally like KE's cabbage, apple, sausage soup, but I don't think the men folk would like it (My brother can be picky when it comes to soups. He likes the basic soups, nothing to extreme).
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:16 AM   #20
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sc, how about escarole and white bean soup?

it's light and healthy, and very easy to make.
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