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February 11, 2010

Creamy Potato Soup

Creamy Potato Soup

First let's talk about this snow! *sigh*

Snow, Snow, Snow! *sigh*

It's no secret that I love snow, but I've come to discover over the past week I do not like snow of this magnitude! Give me 4-8 inches and I'm happy, I don't even mind shoveling that much snow! But add in more than that, and then two big storms back to back for a total of 53 inches of snow since Friday (28 the first storm, 25 the second) and well, no I don't love it! I don't even like it!

Now there is buzz about more heavy snowfall on Sunday night in to Monday and an ice storm in 10 days! That makes me want to go to Hawaii, now, only the county has closed all of our roads and I couldn't get down to the main road right now if I wanted to, not that it is clear to begin with. I've got serious cabin fever right now people!

So no, I'm not loving this snow and I'm not loving the thought of more. At. All! If anyone has any ideas on how to become independently wealthy by tomorrow so I can hop a plane out of here, you let me know! ;oP

Sun!

But the sun is shining today! Oh how I missed you Mr. Sun! And we're supposed to hit a balmy 33! Let's break out the flip flops! ;oP

Now let's talk soup!

Cold snowy weather makes me think of soup and bread. Yesterday I decided to be decadent and make a really creamy potato soup. It was fabulous! There is just nothing like a creamy bowl of warm soup on a cold winter day!

Oh and if anyone wants some snow, I'd be happy to send you some. Really! There are piles out there taller than me (I'm five foot nine and half inches tall!) so we've got plenty to spare. ;oP

Snow Piled High

What You'll Need:
2 tablespoons of butter
1 small red onion, chopped
Finely ground black pepper
Sea salt
1 large potato, cut into cubes (Note: No need to remove the skin.)
1 quart of broth (Note: I used turkey broth that I had made and put in the freezer. Chicken broth will work too.)
2 baked potatoes, mashed (Note: If you don't want to take the time to bake them in the oven. Pop them in the microwave instead. I recommend baking them in the oven though.)
2 cup of heavy cream
1/4 cup of potato flour (Note: If you don't have potato flour on hand you can use regular flour, but the potato flour gives it a nice punch.)

Melt butter in a medium to large sized pot. Saute onions until tender:

Creamy Potato Soup: Onions

Add cubed potatoes, a generous pinch of sea salt and some finely ground pepper to onions. Cook until potatoes are slightly browned stirring often:

Creamy Potato Soup: Potatoes Slightly Browned

Add broth and stir to mix:

Creamy Potato Soup: Broth Added

Bring to a quick boil.

While you are waiting for the broth to boil, mash your potatoes. I like to do this in my food processor.

Slice your potato into rounds and place in the bowl of your food processor:

Creamy Potato Soup: Potatoes Ready to Mash

No need to remove the skins. Just leave them on there!

Process until smooth:

Creamy Potato Soup: Mashed Potatoes

Once the broth has come to boil, reduce heat to a simmer and add the mashed potatoes to the pot of broth:

Creamy Potato Soup: Mashed Potatoes Ready to Stir In

Stir in the potatoes:

Creamy Potato Soup: Mashed Potatoes Added

It doesn't have to be smooth. It's just bit of potatoes.

Let the mixture cook for about 30 minutes.

Add cream and stir to mix:

Creamy Potato Soup: Cream Added

Cook for about 3 or 4 minutes so that the cream warms and then add the potato flour:

Creamy Potato Soup: Ready to Whisk

Whisk the flour into the soup and then cook for another 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Serve immediately.

Oh and the leftovers are fabulous!

Notes: You can eat this as is or top it with cheddar, scallions and/or bacon. The broth that I made had hints of thyme and rosemary in it so that carried over into the soup in a very subtle way.

Posted by Dianne at February 11, 2010 12:36 PM

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Comments

Wow, I thought we had a lot of snow with our 29 inch total! Now I don't feel quite as bad, I guess it could be worse after all. Great recipe, we have the same Pfaltzgraff dishes I think. Stay warm!

Posted by: Amanda at February 11, 2010 12:56 PM

29 inches is a lot too! Everywhere is getting hammered!

My pattern is called Rio. I got it last fall. Love it!

Posted by: Dianne at February 11, 2010 1:05 PM

Snow cream, girl, snow cream!!

Posted by: Lori at February 11, 2010 3:48 PM

Oh! That looks like the perfect comfort food.

Posted by: Allie at February 11, 2010 3:51 PM

Would you think less of me if I said I had snow cream for lunch! ;oP

Definitely a good combo!

Posted by: Dianne at February 11, 2010 3:54 PM

I am so sick of snow! We've had so much of it here in northern Virginia. Now enough is enough! The potato soup looks perfect for this weather. And looks delicious!

Posted by: Debbie at February 12, 2010 10:06 AM

I know! Enough snow already! (And I never thought I'd say that!) If it snows on Sunday/Monday I really think I may just cry.

Posted by: Dianne at February 12, 2010 10:22 AM

Hey, we have up to 3 inches in Atlanta, and 400 flights out are canceled. Darrell has major snow, 3 inches for the first time in 16 years. I only have a bout 2 plus here in north Georgia. But it is still snowing. The soup looks good.

Posted by: mums at February 12, 2010 5:43 PM

I saw that you guys were getting snow there too. I hate that the snow kept you guys from coming up this weekend. We were looking forward to it!

Posted by: Dianne at February 12, 2010 5:47 PM

Hey, we were looking forward to seeing you guys, but my little Soul might not look good in a snowbank. We shall go shopping in Nashville.

Posted by: mums at February 12, 2010 7:40 PM

We have plenty of snow banks that is for sure. Right now they are saying we are only going to get 1-2 inches tomorrow. I hope that that is true, or even that we get none!

Hope you had fun in Nashville!

Posted by: Dianne at February 14, 2010 10:07 AM

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