My Best Potato Soup (It could be yours, too)

Bowl of Soup

Isn’t it Purrrtyy? (In my best southern accent)

Potato Soup GO!

Finally had the opportunity to use my parsley. See those green things in my soup!

Alright, Potato Soup is easy, but you need to know a few things. Adding Milk and Cream to soups can turn into a disaster if you don’t control your heat. Make sure you veggies are all about the same size, so they can cook evenly. And don’t forget to season as you go. You may end up with bland potato blah.

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Trying to be consistent with the style of the recipe card.

This is where I start my spiel on be careful with your knives. I managed to get a big boo boo on my finger. Not the first or the last. But Dang it does hurt.

I used half and half instead of cream because I had it in my fridge.

You can substitute chicken stalk, and bacon. If you prefer a more vegetarian option. Use olive oil or some other oil. Whatever you prefer.

Just know that if you leave out Milk and cream you are not going to have as creamy of a product as you expect.

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Prep all your Veggies, and cook your bacon!

 

 

 

 

Set Your Bacon Aside. Pour some of the grease out, You only need a little.

 

 

 

 

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Saute the Veggies, (note that your bacon may leave a bit of bits on the bottom, sauteing should clear it up, if not that wine will do it. Splash the wine and cook til it evaporates. Add Broth, Potatoes, and fill remaining with water 3/4 way to the top. Bring the pot to a boil. 10 minutes or so until tender.

Milk and Flour Add flour Blend soup blended readd

 

 

 

 

 

Whisk together milk and flour. Add to the pot, bring to about medium heat. To cook out the flour mixture. Take several scoopfuls of soup and place in a blender. Blend to a smooth texture. Add back to the Pot and Stir.

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Lower the Temperature to low, add cream, and allow a few minutes to cook.  Do NOT bring this to a boil. It will scald.

Add a handful of minced parsley and stir.

Serve with crumbled bacon and grated cheese.

 

Enjoy the soup. Serve with some bread and butter.

 

 

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Family Style (Not the fancy schmansy version)

This is not your regular old Chicken Cordon Bleu that is perfectly rolled, typically breaded…. This was a dish made by request from my in-laws. I have made this previously for them, although this time I called my brother (he makes it too, probably better than I).  I changed a few things with my original to meet “his” my brother’s recipe.

Since, this was family style, I really wasn’t concerned on perfecting a specific shape, you shouldn’t either. As long as it plates up and eats well, your all good. Being in a small town has its drawbacks,  Havarti Cheese and Prosciutto are difficult to find. I substitute it for something everyone can find, thinly sliced deli ham, and thin Swiss cheese. Don’t feel you have to have the exact products to make a delicious Cordon Bleu. Don’t be afraid to substitute.

Rave reviews from everyone who ate it.

Ingredients:

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Thinly Sliced Deli ham

Thinly sliced Swiss Cheese

1 Large Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup

Salt/Pepper

Parsley

I didn’t have a mallet, YOU DONT NEED A MALLET!  Use the bottom of a heavy glass or a small frying pan to pound out the chicken pieces. Don’t worry not every piece will look pretty nor will the be without holes. If you have something you need to vent about, use the glass….it’s very therapeutic.

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Once you have all your chicken relatively thinned. Prep you ham and cheese, I took each slice of Swiss cheese and halved them. The ham I pulled into smaller pieces.

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Begin with taking the chicken and placing a piece of cheese and ham in the middle. Roll and fold meat in as best you can. Place in a casserole dish. As you add more to the dish the chicken shouldn’t unravel and will stay together. Pack together.

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I mixed the can of Cream of Mushroom Soup in a bowl with various spices. Added it to the top of the chicken, making sure to evenly spread it out over the entirety.

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Not much of a color change. Use tongs to pull the meat out, it will not fall apart if you were able to maintain a good roll, initially. Top with sauce from the casserole dish.

Voila! Dinner!

Hope you enjoyed this. I shall be returning to Germany next week. My posts will be increasing again. Fall/Autumn Baking is coming up. Let me know how this dish works for you. And check out my Facebook page for more personal one on one cooking tips/techniques.

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