"I learned early on that I was not a very good hodge podge maker. I did not grow up eating this famous dish and never acquired the experience to make a good potful. Peter has taken over creating our version---I expect this is based on his Mom's (Clarice Wile) recipe and perhaps his grandmother's (Elsie Wile) recipe. " --Elspeth
Ingredients for a pot to feed 4 people
- 10 - 12 small new potatoes
- 3 handfuls of beans, green or yellow or a combination cut into 1 inch long pieces
- 1/2 pound peas, pod or snap (cook the pod and all) can be used
- 1 good sized bunch of new carrots
- 1-1 1/2 cups blend
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup butter
- Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
We think there is no substitute for the blend and butter. Indulge your taste using these natural ingredients.
Start by cooking the potatoes in slightly salted water and boil until firm but not completely cooked. Approximately 7 - 8 minutes.
Add the carrots and boil another 5 minutes until tender crisp.
Throw in the beans and boil for another 5 minutes until tender crisp.
Add the peas and cook for a few minutes.
Now you have a pot full of freshly cooked veggies--a real Hodge Podge. Drain off most of the water, leaving perhaps an inch or so in the bottom of the pot. Add Blend to match the volume of water in the pot--maybe 1 - 1 1/2 cups and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of butter. Season with pepper and salt to taste. Heat through but do not boil. Serve with fresh bread from the Market and you have a feast!