Stub-Gruber House Potato Corn Soup

Waaaaaaaaay back in my younger days I visited an 18th century German House Museum in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania and the guide gave our tour group this recipe. I have added some modern seasonings to it, but I could just imagine an 18th century German farm family sitting down to this evening dinner with stone oven baked bread.

  • 1/4 pound Bacon (sugar cured works best from original recipe)
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and pressed
  • 4 large Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (I use Celtic Sea Salt)
  • Dash of Pepper
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 cups Corn, fresh cut from the cobs (Cooked dried corn will work well if you don’t have fresh)
  • Sprigs of fresh Parsley for garnish

Slice the bacon in 1 inch pieces. Cook until crispy. Remove bacon from skillet and place on paper towel to drain off. Saute the onion and garlic in the bacon drippings until the onion is golden brown. Set skillet with onion aside. In a medium soup pot cook the potatoes in  the water with salt and pepper until the potatoes are tender. Reserve 3 cups of the potato water and drain off the rest. Put the reserved potato water and potatoes back in the soup pot. Add the milk and corn. Simmer for 5 minutes but don’t bring to a boil. Add in the bacon. Garnish with parsley. Serve with bread and butter.

About okieranchwife

I am a transplant to Oklahoma and an escapee from an unspecifed Northeast State. I enjoy growing my gardens and cooking what I grow.
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3 Responses to Stub-Gruber House Potato Corn Soup

  1. Pat says:

    I’ve just run across pictures, recently taken, of a Stub-Gruber house said to have been built in 1737, with a spring running thru it on the first floor. Is this the German House Museum you speak of? I’m very interested in knowing because if the story posted about the house is true, it was built by my 6th great-grandfather. But the house is located in Berks, not Lehigh, County, so must not be the museum. I’d appreciate any additional information you’d be willing to provide.

    • Pat, Let me go back into my files to check on the county location. I was the Curator of the Berks County Historical Society from Dec 1983 to Oct 1987. I got this recipe when we did a field trip with our dcoents/tour guides in approx 1985. So my memory might be fuzzy. We did a tour of historical houses in Berks and Lehigh Counties. This house may be the same house of your ancestor. And that is so wonderful that it may be part of your history. My husband has been very sick so I have not had alot of time to post on my blog, but I promise I will check my old files.And I will post my finding in this comment track. Thank you for reading my blog!

  2. Pat says:

    Thank you so much for the quick response.

    The Stub-Gruber house is reportedly located in “Bernville, Berks County, PA, (off 183 before the split).” Although the first owner is referred to as Martin Stub, he appears as Martin Stupp or Stuep in other records.

    If you wish, I could send a write-up I’ve just found about this house, as well as pictures, directly to your email address. Just say the word.

    I wish you and your husband well … Pat

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