Thursday, October 30, 2008

Baked Potato Soup

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Okay, here's mine! **Originally posted in March 2008, so much better on a cold Fall Day!***

Potato Soup is such a comfort food for me. My mom used to make it all the time when I was growing up. She makes it from memory, though and does not have a recipe for me to post.
So, I made this one from my Southern Living Slow-Cooker Cookbook and it is yummy! I dare say, almost as good as moms. My family LOVES this soup.

Here is the recipe: See more photos below!

"Baked" Potato Soup

  • 6 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. (about 3 3/4 pounds)
  • large onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 (14 oz.) cans of chicken broth with roasted garlic (I used plain and added fresh garlic)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup whipping cream or half-and-half
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 T. chopped fresh chives
  • 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream (optional)
  • 4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled or use bacon bits
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
Combine first 6 ingredients in a 5-quart slow cooker.
Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours or on Low 8 hours or until potato is tender.
Mash mixture until potatoes are coarsely chopped and soup is slightly thickened: stir in cream, cheese, and chives.

Top with sour cream, if desired, and sprinkle with bacon and cheddar cheese before serving. Makes 12 cups.

I also adapted this recipe for my Saladmaster customers

First of all, the recipe says to peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/2 inch cubes.

Can you say time consuming? And also there are tons of vitamins in the peeling. So, I scrubbed the potatoes and got any yucky parts or eyes off. I just cut them up on my food processor and rinsed them before cooking.
Then, I used my Saladmaster Food processor to cut them up.

Here is less than a minute later. That is 6 large russet potatoes cut on the #3 cone.
Now an onion. - 10 seconds later on the #2 cone. If you quarter the onion longways and hold meat side down on the cone, you should just be left with the peeling in your hand.

3 minutes later the first 6 ingredients are in the slow cooker and ready to go.
The recipe says to cook it in a traditional slow cooker for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.

In my Saladmaster it took me 2 hours: medium - click - low.
(If you want to use your regular 4 or 7 quart roaster on top of the stove, you can do that. You do not need a slow cooker to make this recipe in your Saladmaster)

And if I was not ready to take it off at the end of those 2 hours, then I could have just left it there on low until I was ready. It. is. a. beautiful. thing.

After it was finished, I added the half-and-half, the scallions and the shredded cheddar cheese.

My family loved it! I added bacon bits, sour cream and more cheddar cheese.

Nice crusty bread and a salad...dinner! (You know, you just can't take a picture that makes potato soup actually look good, but it was! I promise.)

Happy Cooking,


Phyl said...

Oh my goodness...I LOVE potato soup...yummy stuff. Your dinner description has me

Mary said...

I made this last night. Took me 15 minutes with the Saladmaster. Then into the Saladmaster slow-cooker. Ready in 2 hours! Had two bowls b/c it was so yummy. Of course, quite filling! Had leftovers tonight with my son who also loved it.

Janel said...

Oh yay!!! I am so happy it worked for you Mary. I love the soup and am glad I finally got the correct recipe up there!!!! I feel so silly I made that mistake, but all is well now.
thanks for commenting!!!

Trista said...

This recipe sounds great too!

I posted one similar, come check it out!

Anonymous said...

Yum! I love soup especially this time of year. Ok, I want a saladmaster where do I get one?

Mandi said...

Yum! I love baked potato soup, but I've never thought about making it in the crockpot.

Toni said...

Yum, potato soup is my favorite. I love it with cheese and bacon! Not too healthy but oh so delish!

Tater Mama said...

Oh, that Saladmaster looks like something worth checking into!

Thanks for stopping by Tater Tales today! I love meeting new folks, and I am looking forward to spending more time over here on your blog!! :)

Really, is there anything more comforting than potato soup? Yummmmmm!

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