Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Baked potato soup

Monday night Peter and I celebrated our 30th anniversary with a lobster, baked potato, and gai lan dinner. I got the idea, when shopping for the potato, to bake an extra one with which to make a potato soup. What the heck, we had the oven on anyhow.

I saw no reason to make this anything but extremely simple. I went back and forth about using cheese. In the end I decided to go for it, but a fairly small quantity of something mild. Then there was the issue of what to do with the potato skin. Crisped up potato skin bits sounded like a great garnish.

One wrinkle: the use of preserved mustard tuber. You will not find this at Safeway; you need an Asian market. Substitute minced dill pickle if you have some. Otherwise don’t worry about it.

Use any sausage. I had some little turkey breakfast sausages I got for a song.

Since I was using the oven for a side dish of roasted bok choy (simply sprayed with cooking spray and sprinkled with salt and pepper; 400 degree oven for 15 minutes), I sprayed the potato skin, roasted it for 6 or so minutes, and used it as a garnish.

Baked potato soup
1 large russet potato
7 oz. sausage
2 scallions, green and white parts, chopped
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup grated cheese
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp preserved mustard tuber
1 tbsp butter

Bake the potato at 400 degrees for 70 to 75 minutes until tender. Allow to cool and then peel off the skin. Cut into ½” pieces. Lightly mash about half of it to lend texture to the soup.

Cook the sausages by steaming or sautéing. Cut into 1” pieces and set aside.

Put all ingredients in a soup pot and bring to a simmer. Season to taste.


Mary Bergfeld said...

30 years is a long time. Congratulations you guys! I see another 30 in your very bright future. The soup looks and sounds delicious. I hope you both had a fantastic day. Blessings...Mary

Pam said...

The soup sounds hearty and delicious! Happy 30th anniversary!!!

Unknown said...

Congrast on 30 years...that is so wonderful to hear!! Definitely a call for a celebration!
I love love love potato soup. And simple is always good. Great, now I want potato soup and roated bok choy!!!

Eugenia said...

Happy 30th!!!! What a a great dinner to celebrate!

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

Happy anniversary! :) This soup looks delicious. This is such a perfect time of year for hearty soups :)

Chris said...

30 years?!?! I've only got 15 under my wings. Congratulations!

Pam said...

Congratulations to you and Peter on your 30 year anniversary, Stephen! This is one great soup! Lots of good ingredients in this and I really like the addition of sausage. Yum!

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