Showing posts with label potato soup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label potato soup. Show all posts

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Guest Heather Blake's Potato Soup


Today I'm delighted to host Heather Blake in the Kitchen.  Not only is she an amazing writer (with two phenomenal witchy mystery series under her belt), but she also happens to be one of the sweetest, most wonderful people you could ever hope to meet.  And today she's bringing us a winter warmer: Potato Soup.

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We had our first snowfall the other day, which unfortunately for me didn’t amount to much (I love snow), but it was the perfect excuse to stay inside, light the fire, and make a nice big pot of soup. One of my favorites is this recipe for hearty potato soup. It’s thick, rich, creamy and perfect to chase away the chill on a cold winter’s night.  My family loves it, too, especially the kids, mostly because they love piling on the (optional) cheese and bacon, making theirs “loaded” potato soup.  It’s all kinds of deliciousness, and I hope you’ll give it a try.


Potato Soup

1/4 c. butter + 1 tbsp.
1/4 c. flour (I substitute gluten-free flour)    
8 peeled and cubed potatoes, boiled separately until soft (usually 15 min.)
1/4 c. onion, chopped
2-3 medium carrots, sliced
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 1/2 – 2 qt. of milk (more milk = thinner soup)
2 chicken (or vegetable) bouillon cube
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. parsley
1/4 tsp. pepper

Start with peeling, cubing, and boiling potatoes. While potatoes cook, in separate soup pot, over med. heat, melt 1 tbsp.  butter and sauté onion, celery, carrot together until tender. Remove from pot; set aside.  Melt 1/4 c. butter. Slowly whisk in flour until thick (about five minutes). Slowly add in quart(s) of milk. Add bouillon cube(s). Stir frequently until cube(s) is dissolved, (a few minutes). Divide potatoes in half. Mash half and add to pot, stir. Add remaining cubed potatoes and onion/celery/carrots. Add seasonings.  Simmer on low heat, stirring frequently, for 1/2 hour.
(Optional) Top with bacon, cheddar cheese, green onion. Serve with loaf of bread for dunking.
Serves four.

Enjoy!



You can find Heather on the web at www.heatherblakebooks.com and as a regular contributor to the Cozy Chicks Blog at www.cozychicksblog.com/. Her third Wishcraft Mystery, "The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy" is available now, and the first of her Magic Potion Mysteries ("A Potion to Die For") will be available November of 2013.

Editor's note ... I got the date wrong!  "The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy" will be available in April 2013.