So this weekend has been a busy one. I have been cleaning and trying to get this house ready for the holiday season and decorating! Stephen was on duty all weekend so I had the evenings to myself. I find this good and bad. I enjoy my personal time but also find that I get lonely every now and then.
I know I said that I was going to post on things that I am thankful for so today I am thankful that I have all of my Thanksgiving and Friends giving food shopping COMPLETE! I will not go back to the store until December if I don’t have to. This time of year sucks at any kind of store. We are having our friends ( Kurt & Christine) from Germany over next weekend for a post Thanksgiving / pre Yule holiday dinner. We always have such a wonderful time visiting with them. They share in our love of photography as well as traveling. They have been way more places than we have but it is fun hearing about all the places they have visited.
So the other day I made an easy batch of potato soup. I will every now and again go all out and make it completely from scratch but this is just as delicious and faster and much more simple.
I start with just a few simple ingredients:
bacon bits, chicken broth, simply potatoes(shredded hash browns),
onion, minced garlic, butter, and heavy whipping cream.
In a soup pot, I add about 2 pats of butter and let it melt. I then cut my onion ( about 1/4 cup) into small diced pieces and throw them in to soften along with about tablespoon of minced garlic.
Next I add some of the real bacon bits and let that simmer for a minute or two.
I add the shredded potatoes and stir it up. I always buy 2 packages of these because sometimes the soup does not thicken enough for me and I add more in. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Now pour your chicken broth over the top and stir it all together. Bring this to a nice simmer but stir occasionally so it does not burn on the bottom.
You may want to taste after a few minutes and see if you need more salt and pepper. It is strictly up to you. Once you see the soup start to thicken a bit you will get a potato masher and start smashing. I like some chunks in my soup so I don’t go to crazy. Now I will stir in a bit of my heavy whipping cream and let it cook away. When it is nice and thick I add a bit more bacon and top it with cheese and eat it up!
There you have it. Simple, fast and oh so delicious!
I found a great recipe for a Irish Guinness Stew and I am dying to make it. So I hope to have that for you soon. Be on the look out.