Sunday, November 16, 2008

comfort food tonight...

mmmmm.....homemade potato soup and cornbread!!

I used a recipe that was found online and modified it to more like my mom makes it... I'm guessing that potato soup is likely the easiest of soups to make, but I love to complicate things. So I took 3 recipes (including moms) and made one my own...I don't want it tooo thick, or tooo runny - I like it just right. So I made a bit of a roux, and used some half and half...

BassAckwards Mom's Potato Soup (makes 6-8 servings)

4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 stalk of celery chopped (optional)
1 container chicken stock
1.5 tablespoons of flour
6oz evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter/margarine (your choice, fat or fat free)
6oz half and half
1 tablespoon dried parsley

cook: boil potatoes and onions in chicken stock, if the chicken stock doesn't cover the potatoes in the pot, then add water to cover. Once the potatoes and onions are tender, in a small sauce pan, add butter and allow to melt, mix in evaporated milk and flour, whisk until thickens and then add to the potatoes. After adding roux, add in half and half, season to taste and add parsley. Let stand for 10 min to thicken. We found that after 10 min, it got thicker then we preferred and we just added a little (about 1/2 cup) regular milk (1%) to thin it out just a bit.

It was YUMMY!!! I love potato soup, you can add cheese, or bacon to add a little more flavor! We rarely eat these types of yummys, but when we do it is a treat!!!
***keeping it healthy(ier) ..... I didn't point out our families' fat intake in the recipe above because it's obvious to those who know us, husband had heart surgery and we're determined not to repeat history - we're conservatives when it comes to fat... but there could be more then one person (someone emailed me) who may wonder if this recipe (or any recipe I post) tastes good with less fat ... We use Fat Free half/half, fat free evap. milk, fat free butter - and it was scrumptious. While the flour and white potatoes are not the best for those watching their weight, this is still a yummy low-fat soup to indulge on with a few cut corners. We use turkey bacon if we use it... and 2% or fat free cheese to top it off.


Heather said...

Sounds yummy! I could have used some soup this weekend with it down to 33 at night and horribly high winds. I might make some veggie soup or something tomorrow. HMMM!

Emily said...

This sounds so good! We're having a comfort food recipe contest and would love for you to enter. Recipes can be submitted to our blog: - the contest deadline is tonight at midnight.

FishMama said...

Potato soup is one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing this!

Andrea said...

Sounds delish! Thanks for sharing on the comfort food swap!

Andrea in NC