Monday, October 12, 2009

This week's soup: Baked Potato

Baked potato soup has got to be one of the most comforting soups around. Warm, thick and packed with home-cooked flavor, it's rich and satisfying on a chilly day. I've never made my own - until now! I found a recipe for a potato cheddar soup that's made in a slow-cooker and decided to give it a try (and a few twists).

Baked potato soup

4 large or 7 medium russet potatoes
4 cups chicken stock
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup half and half or heavy cream
1/4 cup chives
6 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
3-4 oz. smoked gouda, shredded
4-6 slices bacon, cooked to crisp

Peel the potatoes and slice them 1/4 inch thick. Layer them in a slow cooker and pour 2 cups of chicken stock over them. Cook on high for 2 hours or until potatoes are just cooked through.

When potatoes are cooked, transfer them and the cooking liquid to a blender. Add the garlic and puree to desired consistency. You can make it smooth or leave it a little chunky if you prefer. Pour the mixture back into the slow cooker and stir in the rest of the stock. Stir until combined, then add both cheeses and stir again until the cheese melts into the soup. Stir in the half and half or cream chives. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat on low for 30 minutes.

To serve, sprinkle with the crumbled bacon or just stir the bacon into the soup.

NOTE: when adding the last two cups of stock, add it a little at a time so you can control the consistency. For thicker soup, add less, for thinner, add more.


Divina Pe said...

I love soups and this one would definitely be part of my soup collection. This is no ordinary soup. With cheese and bacon, a simple soups becomes extraordinary. Thanks for sharing this.

Table Talk said...

What's not to like in this Soup?
Pretty pic.

Simply Life said...

Wow, that looks soooo good! I love the touch of the gouda cheese - yum!

Niche Topics said...

Mmmm...I'm gonna try it out :) Thanks for sharing!

maryonions said...

was just thinking about making this soup tomorrow. My son gave me a slow cooker book w/similiar receipe in it. Sounds good and am tired of meat and potatoes or pasta for dinner. thanks for reminding me of how good this looked first time I saw it.

Loved Ever said...

i was thinking to make soup and u hhelped me.
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so good looking!
great in general!

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