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Hodge Podge

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Hodge Podge is a summer dish that we looked forward to with great anticipation when I was growing up. Come August, my Dad would start digging potatoes, pulling carrots and picking peas and beans in his garden. That first night when he came through the door with all of them, we knew it was time for Hodge-Podge.

We’d have a salad of his home grown lettuces, tomatoes and cukes to start, the boil-up of veggies and maybe a strawberry shortcake or blueberry pie for dessert. My taste memories of these veggie feasts inform me that eating from the garden is the quintessential way to absorb enough summer to last we Canadians year-round. I hope you’ll try this while the cornucopia of summer is still full.


Hodge Podge

Hodge Podge - close up

A Hodge Podge is an untidy mixture of things and in this case it is all your favourite veg from the garden cooked with cream and butter. Yum!

  • Author: Karen Anderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 – 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 0 minute
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegetables
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Canadian



2 lbs new baby potatoes 

1 lb baby carrots

6 new baby onions

1 lb freshly shelled peas

½ lb yellow snap beans

½ lb green beans 

2 cups whipping cream

¼ cup unsalted butter

½ cup chopped fresh dill

Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Boil the potatoes in enough water to cover until tender but not falling apart. Drain and set aside.
  2. Boil the carrots and onions together until tender and add the peas and beans for 3 – 5 minutes before draining.
  3. Combine all the vegetables in a large pot and add the cream and butter. Simmer slowly until heated through.
  4. Ladle servings into large bowls and top with a garnish of the fresh dill and lots of salt and pepper.
  5. Enjoy a supper of just these fresh from the garden veggies or add poached salmon or white fish to the mix.


Keywords: hodge podge


  1. Angie Howie

    So good! I didn’t have peas so I added corn cut off the cob and some pattypan squash – my husband is not a vegetable lover and he said “this is actually pretty good!”

    1. Karen Anderson

      Thanks for sharing this. Especially your husband’s great comment – “this is actually pretty good.” It’s a victory day for veggies at your house. Great substitutions too. I’ll try patty pan next time. Love those little guys.
      With kindness,

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