Monday, December 21, 2009

Baked Potato Soup

" Baby, it's cold outside."

When I made this soup, it was 17 degrees in Arkansas. Seventeen. Are you kidding me?! I live in the South for a reason! What makes the 17 degrees even worse, is that today is the first day of winter and it's going to be 60 degrees here. No wonder everyone in Arkansas is sick!

Baked Potato Soup
Source: Annie's Eats

4-5 russet potatoes
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
½ cup all-purpose flour, divided
6 cups 2% milk
2 tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup green onions, chopped
1/3-½ cup light sour cream

For topping:
Sour cream
Shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped green onions
Bacon pieces

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Prick the potatoes with the tines of a fork. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit until cool enough to handle. Scoop the insides of the potatoes into food processor, discarding the peels. Pulse until the pieces are broken into small chunks. (I have a tiny food processor, so it turned my potatoes into glue. - Santa are you listening? - I found it easier to scoop the flesh out and chop into cubes.)

In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, melt the butter. Add 1/4 cup of flour to the pot and whisk into the butter. Cook, whisking constantly, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and the rest of the flour. Cook until thick and bubbling, about 6-8 minutes. Mix in the potato chunks. Whisk in the salt, pepper, and cheddar cheese and stir until the cheese is melted. Remove from the heat, stir in the green onions and sour cream.

Serve immediately. Garnish with sour cream, cheddar cheese, green onions and bacon as desired.

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