Wednesday, October 08, 2008

This one is for you, Pippin...

It seems like every day I think of something to write about. I have these great posts written in my head and then by the time I actually get in front of a computer, poof, they are gone. Then I give up and go to bed. Makes for a great blog. I am DETERMINED to blog more. I miss it. I need it.

I promised the Baked Potato Soup recipe and Pippin reminded me of here you go. I am also getting some Design Mom traffic (Hi Design Mom readers!!!) because she linked me and I want them to have something interesting to read.. One thing you should know about me is that I don't measure things very precisely. That is why I stink at baking. I also tend to talk out recipes instead of just listing them. So, hang in there with the explanation, the end result is worth it.

Baked Potato Soup

I got this recipe from one of my favorite people, Miss Suzi J,who refuses to have a blog or comment on one. That is probably a good thing because she is really talented and would kick all our blogging behinds....

This soup is a basic roux with lots of good things added in. Add what you want, in the amount you want. The only thing that is really fixed is the roux. So here is the basic ratio. This can be a base for ANY cream soup. I usually plan on one cup of soup per person, so if you want to feed 8, use 8 cups of milk, 8 T Butter and 8 T flour, etc....


1 T Flour
1 T Butter
1 cup liquid (usually milk, or half milk and half stock. Or use all cream....just don't use all stock or non fat milk. There needs to be some fat in it to make it creamy).

Melt the butter in a large stock pot. Add flour and stir for about 2 minutes. This will cook the flour slightly and take away the raw taste. Add the liquid one cup at a time and whisk until smooth. That is it. This will thicken after simmering for about 15 minutes.

The thing that makes this taste like a baked potato is that there are, wait for it, baked potatoes in it. If you do this step ahead of time, this is a very fast meal to throw together.

6-10 med to large baking potatoes

Bake the potatoes in the microwave or oven. When they are fully cooked and cooled enough to handle, scoop out the insides. Mash or mix up so that most of it is in bite sized pieces (but not too small, it will break down a bit). I will bake a whole bag and then scoop them and freeze them. They freeze really well. One or two bags gets us through the whole season...

Add the potatoes to the roux. If you let this simmer a long time, the starch in the potatoes will continue to thicken the soup. This is fine. You can adjust by adding more liquid later. You can control the consistency.

Shredded Cheese
8 oz Sour Cream
At this point I also add bacon or ham. If you use ham, be aware that it will be quite salty and you will not need to salt this soup. I usually buy bags of already cooked and crumbled bacon at Costco and add a bunch. I also will cook up some onions and garlic in another pan (or if you are really lazy, do it in the 'melt the butter" phase of the roux) and add that too. You can even add carrots, corn, etc, etc. The sky (and the adventurousness of you kids) is the limit.

Right before you are ready to serve the soup, add a handful of shredded cheese (I use white cheddar b/c I like the soup to stay white and not get yellow-ish, but I am crazy like that). Any hard cheese will work; cheddar, mozzarella, jack, Gouda, etc, etc. Add the sour cream at this point too. Give it a stir and you are ready to go!

I serve this with bows of bacon, sour cream and cheese on the side so you can top it any way you want. This soup gets lots of compliments. People ask for the recipe and then have a heart attack when they see it has about a half a pound each of sour cream, butter and cheese in it!! For our family of six, I usually do 8 T of butter, 8 T of flour and 8 cups of liquid w/ about 2 cups of cheese and 2 cups of crumbled bacon. I like my soup thick w/ big chunks of potato in it. This is enough too feed us and give us several lunches worth of left overs.



Melissa said...

you are too cute. but, can i just order this to go? i really don't want to dirty up my kitchen b/c i just cancelled the cleaning lady for a few weeks.

oodlesofoversons said...

Yum...perfect for this fall weekend!! Thanks!

compulsive writer said...

Thank you. I've had potatoes sitting on the counter and I keep thinking that's exactly what I want to make with them. (After tomorrow's attempt at squash soup with cranberry apple something or other.)

And I vote both Yea and Yay on the more blogging from you.

Fig said...

I love baked potato soup. Thanks for some new ideas! Also, hate to break it to you, but I would still need to add a couple teaspoons of salt to this, even with the cheese/ham/bacon. That's what kind of a freak of nature salt addict I am. :-)

danielle said... could this not be good? I find myself just trying to come up with more ways to eat sour cream, as it happens to be my favorite food group, so this recipe sounds like a winner to me. Thanks for posting it.

undefined said...

I've been looking for a good baked potato soup recipe, and here it is! I'm so glad you decided to post this.

Also, I know exactly what you mean about having really wonderful posts all written out in your head that disappear when you're in front of your computer. Happens to me about twice every week.

KateandMatt said...

Yum, I could go for some of your yummy baked potato soup right now. I should try making it sometime, but it might be a little more advanced than I'm capable of at this point. Maybe I'll encourage Matt to try it. ;)

Christie said...

I too worship at Miss Suzi's feet. Man do i miss playing with you PA girls. Do you think this recipe is WW approved.

Queen Scarlett said...

Holy delish... I'm adding this to my cozy dinner recipe to do. ;-)

Leisha said... my dinner planned for tomorrow. weight watchers be damned.

Leisha said...

funny I wrote that before I read the comments... ha!

Bek said...

For the record, you CAN make it lower fat (use mostly broth and just a few cups of milk, skip the cheese and use fat free sour cream, but WHY would you want to do that? :-)

CKW said...

AS long as you are posting the Suzi baked potato soup recipe, you should also post the recipe for Suzi bread (and Suzi brownies...) All three of these recipes are LAMINATED in my recipe file.