Soup Weather

16 Dec

The weathermen (and women) are all in a frenzy. They seem to get like that when a snow storm’s about to blow in. Personally, I think they need to chill a bit.

And, I know the perfect remedy.

Soup!  Potato, specifically.

Triple Your Pleasure

I must admit. It’s my first try at making potato soup. I figured I’d adapt the broccoli soup recipe, I posted earlier, and add a few things. Like, bacon.
Ingredients:
1. 3 bacon strips
2. 2 – 3 stalks celery, sliced lengthwise, then finely sliced
3. 3/4 to 1C flour
4. 1-3/4 sticks unsalted butter
5. 4 – 5 med. sized potatoes, cubed
6. 1 small onion, finely chopped or 1 lg. leek (Leeks tend to run expensive, and Kaukab might have a fit if she found out we spent so much on them, but you decide.)
7.  6oz. fontina cheese, or any other you like that melts well, like gruyere.
8. 1 qt. half-half
9. 1 qt. chicken broth
10. 3 – 4C. water
11. garlic salt
12. cracked black pepper
In the large soup pot, on med. high heat, fry bacon strips. Once browned, remove. Turn heat down to med. and add 3/4 stick butter along with onions and celery. Add a few pinches of salt, or garlic salt, and cracked pepper. Stir and cook until tender and translucent. Add rest of butter and begin adding the flour. (I place a large whisk in the pot, and as I’m stirring, I add a bit of flour at a time, so that it breaks over the whisk–a short-handed sifting.) Stir the roux until smooth and turning a nutty-brown. (The bacon will already have given it a headstart with the color.) Stir for a couple minutes. Turn up stove to med. high and add chicken broth.

Organic is Better

Whisk until incorporated. Add 2C. of water and whisk some more. Add the half-half, and continue whisking. Adjust for flavor with additional salt and pepper. Add in potatoes. Once begins to form tiny bubbles around the edges, whisk again to clear pot’s bottom and turn down stove to med. low and whisk in cubed cheese until melts.

The Big Cheese

Turn down to simmer and cover, slightly tilted. Simmer, occasionally whisking to make sure nothing sticks to pot’s bottom. Simmer, until potatoes are cooked, but not mushy. (About 30-40 min.)
You’re now ready to face any weather advisory those annoying weathermen (women) can throw at you.
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