Skipping right over the tradition of eating black eyed peas and cabbage to bring luck in the New Year, I opted instead to make a big pot of homemade potato soup! Just back out to your favorite page if you are either 1) a top chef or 2) don’t want to see a recipe, but for those of us who are *cough* cooking-challenged, you might enjoy this.
First, peel and dice your potatoes. I think I ended up using about 15 spuds.
I then boiled the diced potatoes and added onion and celery flakes, salt and pepper. Using fresh celery and a fresh onion is a better choice, but… again I’m not a top chef here! I also added some ham … I used city ham, but other options are country ham or bacon (do not pre-cook the bacon, boil it with the potatoes and other ingredients).
Add two to three (or more if you like) dashes of liquid smoke.
Once the potatoes are cooked, add a block of velveeta (16 ounces). You can add the whole block or cut in slices.
The cold velveeta will make the soup stop boiling, but the pan is still hot… therefore keep stirring to prevent it from sticking to the bottom. After all cheese is melted, get 2% milk and start pouring.
Since my brother (the master potato soup chef) couldn’t tell me exactly how much he pours in, I was very nervous. His advice, “Pour until the soup gets white enough for you.” In the end, I think I added one to two cups of milk. Now this part is VITAL. Do not overcook from here or the milk will separate from the rest of the soup! You’re really in the last stages of the dish…
While you’re again bringing the soup to a boil, mix about a cup of flour with a cup of water.
I whisked it like a crazy woman, but apparently not enough since it clumped a bit when I added it to the soup pan.
The potato soup thickened almost immediately so after a few more stirs – and being paranoid about the milk not curdling from overcooking – I took it off the heat and began serving.
I added some mild cheddar on top to serve. Adding sharp cheddar, crunched up cooked bacon, or onions or chives on top would be pretty tasty, too. The potato soup was very rich, but really really good. My biggest shortcoming? I needed more salt for sure. And I think I made too much.
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