Hey there! If you’re back today, that must mean I didn’t scare you away yesterday with my PG-rated post (PG-13? Bare shoulder action was involved..) regarding my Pumpkin Manicotti cooking experience, sans clothes (don’t worry, though, there was an apron involved). So thanks for having a sense of humor with me! And if you’re new to MGNN, well, here is a nice G-rated post for you today.
This weekend I was flipping through a few old issues of Cooking Light, and found a recipe I had bookmarked and hadn’t yet made -Loaded Potato Soup Recipe. And bonus - it was super easy! It started by microwaving four red potatoes for 13 minutes. Don’t forget to pierce them with a fork a few times. I forgot at first, and after about 2.5 minutes, it sounded like there was a dying animal in my kitchen. I promptly removed those hot potatoes and gave ‘em a few fork stabs to quiet them, before poppin’ ‘em back in the microwave.
Meanwhile, I sautéed onions in EVOO, and then added reduced-sodium chicken broth, and a slurry of milk and flour, brought it to a boil, stirring constantly, and let it simmer for a minute. I removed it from the heat and added a bit of light sour cream, salt, and a ridiculously large amount of black pepper (maybe like 50 grinds of the mill?).
Once the potatoes beeped (well, actually, once the microwave beeped..), I removed them from the microwave, cut them in half, and let them cool for a few minutes (those suckers were HOT!), before peeling off the skin. They really don’t have to be peeled perfectly either – I did a rough job, tossed them in the stock pot, and coarsely mashed the potatoes (I like the chunks!) with a masher.
I topped the soup with green onions, extra sharp cheddar, more black pepper (bwahaha), and bacon (three pieces total for the two of us, cooked on paper towel in the microwave – easy and mess-free) – just like a loaded potato! Yummy! The recipe made enough for two hungry eaters, along with a biscuit (hint: too many carbs! I recommend a different side dish.)
Question of the day: What do you like on your baked potatoes? I’m a sucker for sour cream, myself.
♪♫ Currently listening to: Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs.