The Description The Soup Lady does not like to be thwarted. After finding the soup d'jour was sold out last week, I have set about producing my own recipe for it. Here is a rich and creamy soup that has real baked potato taste. Top it the same way you would a whole baked potato. Don't plan on eating anything else after this ... it is very filling.
The Recipe :
Thouroughly wash and roast three large Idaho Russet baking potatoesin the oven until they are soft. Set aside until they are cool enough to handle, then peel and cut them into cubes. In a large pot, place 4 peeled and cubed red bliss potatos and 2 1/2 cups of vegetable broth. boil for 20 minutes or until potatos are soft. Remove from heat and set aside 1 cup of broth. Use a hand-held wand mixer to blend the potatos and broth until it is smooth. In a large sauce pan, over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter.Stir in 2 tablespoons of flour and cook until all the liquid is absorbed and a loose paste is formed. Continue stirring and cook for one more minute. Slowly add the reserved broth and stir till smooth.Pour in one cup of whole milk and 3/4 teaspoon of dill weed. Add this mixture to the blended potatos in the soup pot. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Carfeully add cubes of baked potatoes and heat through. Ladle soup into the bowl. Sprinkle crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese and fresh ground pepper on the surface of the soup. Carefully place one dollop
of sour cream in the center. Top with fresh chopped chives.
I would serve this soup in Stangl's Golden Harvest pattern. The grey background with shades of brown, gold and nutmeg would set off this creamy soup to great advantage.
Our panel of judges went to the test kitchens and gave this report:
The Mister: I learned by experience to omit the bacon for his serving. He did not complain about it and ate it all. Declined a second serving.
The College Man - was unavailable for the taste test.
The Teen Queen - declined to participate.
The Cook - Very delicious results, but a lot of things to wash up at the end. Easy to follow instructions - you can't really go wrong. Extra rich.
You don't have to serve anything else along with this.
The Neighbor - wants the recipe and is anxious to try it out at her home.
It's a winner!