Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This soup is perfect for the colder weather. The best potatoes for this are golden yukon potatoes, but this particular time we just made it with russets and it still came out super delicious. The recipe is a little bit time consuming, but oh so worth it for the yummy bowl at the end. We also acquired some home made bacon from our local farmers market to use in this recipe, so we had less than what it called for but the flavor was unbeatable. Chives, sour cream, and bacon are a must to top off the bowl for the very tasty combination.

Baked Potato Soup


Almost done!

Ingredients:

8 oz bacon (more or less, depending on how you like it)
1 onion, finely chopped
5 large potatoes, cubed
4 cups chicken stock
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
half a bunch of sliced green onions, divided
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
3/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
sour cream for garnish

Directions:

1. In a large stock pot, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and set on paper towels. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease form the pot.
2. Cook the onions in the remaining bacon grease until tender, about 5 minutes
3. Add potatoes and chicken stock to pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer about 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
4. With a slotted spoon, remove about a bowlful of potatoes. Mash with a fork and set aside.
5. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour and cook for two minutes. Whisk in the milk, bring to a boil and simmer until thickened. Slowly stir into the stock pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer. Stir in the mashed potatoes.
6. Add 3/4 cup of cheese,3/4 of the bacon, and half the sliced green onions into the pot. Add pepper and stir to combine. Cook for an additional five minutes.
7. To serve, put soup into bowls and top with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and green onions. 

What we liked:

The flavor of this soup!

What we didn't like:

Nothing, it's delicious. 

What Kaspian thought about it:

He was more into alternate food options at the time. 

Next time:

No changes necessary