Hodge Podge: A Classic Atlantic Canadian Comfort Dish

Oui Chef Season 3 Episode 9

Hodge Podge is a beloved Atlantic Canadian dish that embodies the essence of comfort food. It’s a celebration of the region’s bountiful harvest and is a staple in many households, particularly during the summer months when fresh, local vegetables are at their peak. This dish, known for its simplicity and heartiness, brings together an array of garden vegetables, bathed in a rich, creamy sauce that enhances their natural flavors. It’s a delightful reminder of the region’s culinary heritage, passed down through generations and cherished for its wholesome, home-cooked goodness.

The key ingredients for Hodge Podge are a vibrant mix of baby carrots, mini potatoes, and sugar snap peas. These vegetables are chosen not just for their freshness, but also for the beautiful combination of colors and textures they bring to the dish. Baby carrots add a subtle sweetness, mini potatoes provide a hearty base, and sugar snap peas contribute a delightful crunch. Fresh dill is the herb of choice, lending its distinct, slightly tangy flavor that perfectly complements the creamy sauce. The use of heavy cream and butter ensures the dish is rich and indulgent, making it a satisfying meal on its own or a perfect side dish for any summer feast.

What sets Hodge Podge apart is not just its ingredients, but the method of preparation which preserves the integrity and flavor of the vegetables. After washing and trimming, the vegetables are cooked until tender in boiling water, allowing them to maintain their individual tastes and textures. The cooking liquid, a flavorful broth from the vegetables, is then combined with a warm, creamy mixture of butter, heavy cream, and fresh dill. This step is crucial as it creates a luscious sauce that coats the vegetables, enhancing their natural flavors without overwhelming them.

Hodge Podge is more than just a dish; it’s a culinary tradition that brings people together. Whether served at a family gathering, a community potluck, or a casual summer dinner, it evokes a sense of nostalgia and comfort. It’s a testament to the simplicity and beauty of Atlantic Canadian cuisine, where fresh, local ingredients are celebrated and cherished. Each bite of Hodge Podge is a reminder of the region’s rich agricultural heritage and the timeless joy of sharing a homemade meal with loved ones.




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  • Author: The Kilted Chef
  • Yield: Serves 4


Units Scale
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 2 lb. mini potatoes
  • 2 cup sugar snap peas
  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 sprigs fresh dill




  1. Wash vegetables and trim the ends of peas.
  2. In a large pot, bring four cups of water to a boil.
  3. Add all the vegetables, cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook vegetables until fork tender approx. 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile in a small saucepan bring cream, butter and dill to just below the boiling point,
  5. Drain vegetables, reserving two cups of cooking liquid, add the cooking liquid to the cream mixture and pour over top of the vegetables. Garnish with more dill.
  • Category: Entrees, seafood, Fish, Oui Chef,Recipes