I was interested in this recipe, so I thought I’d try it.

Big mistake. This stuff is nasty.

Amish Potato Rivel Soup

1 1/2 cups water
3 medium potatoes, peeled and grated
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup diced cured or smoked ham
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon celery seeds
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley or chives

Bring the water, potatoes, celery, onion and ham to a simmer in a large saucepan; cook for 20 minutes.

In a medium bowl, mix the egg, flour and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Using floured hands, pull into stringy lumps; add to the potato mixture. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring often. Stir in milk, celery seeds and remaining salt; heat through. Top with parsley or chives.

What is up with this “rivel” stuff? Sounds like drivel. And it turns out it’s much nastier.

The finished product looks kinda good, but that’s because you can’t see any drivel. Nasty.

But really, what can you expect with just egg and flour?

Steer clear of this one.