Friday, November 21, 2014

Chef Daddy: Creamy Potato Soup

Some days are just soup days.

If you could see the view from my window, you'd know today is one of them. The grey skies and drizzly rain call for something warm and filling. It's a good day for a big pot of goodness and Chef Daddy has just the thing. While gloomy autumn days often call for a vat of chili, sometimes nothing hits the spot like creamy potato soup.

This recipe is adapted from my mother-in-law, and is a favorite throughout the family. We've served it with sandwiches for an easy way to feed the masses during cold weather celebrations. It's very rich and a little thicker than many potato soups. Do note that it gets thicker with time, so don't worry if it's watery at first. If you start too thick, you could end up with mashed potatoes.

It's so simple you may have everything you need on hand already. Obviously you need potatoes, then grab an onion, butter, milk, and heavy cream and you have soup! I top mine with bacon, diced green onion, and shredded cheese. You might like chunks of ham or a dollop of sour cream, too. Load it up, my friends!

Variation: My sister-in-law also cooked this recently and she tossed in a couple handfuls of shredded cheese while cooking rather than on top {or perhaps in addition to}. It made the soup a lovely yellow color, and even creamier than before. Try this if you could use a little more cheese. Go ahead and snag the recipe card above. Just click to enlarge and then save it. Get a pot going tonight to bring warmth to this grey day. Although all grown-ups who have tried this have sung its praises, I regret to report that Nathan did not:

Please don't let this deter you, though. His words were, "This tastes just like potatoes! I love potatoes, but I really love pizza Lunchables." So, take that with a grain of salt. Stay warm and dry today, y'all, and be sure to give this recipe a try. It's simple, it's comforting, and it's good.

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