Potatoes 101: Cheap, Easy, Delicious Meals Using the Humble Spud

Potato. Po-tarrr-to.  However you say it (and just for the record unlike tomato that I say differently to you guys I do pronounce potato the same.  I mean, who says po-tarrto?!) they’re cheap, delish, easy to cook and plentiful right now.  So I asked for recipes.  Wowsers!  I called; you answered so this week we’re doing potato recipes.  Get ready to chop, freeze and serve up a bunch of yumminess for dinner.

I’ve tried before (in vain) to make potato soup so I was happy when Liz sent this.  I mean, what’s more comforting than soup or mashed potatoes? Now heat up the stove, combine those too, and get ready for some winter comfort food.

Baked Potato Soup

• 3 bacon strips, diced
• 1 small onion, chopped
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon dried basil
• 1/2 teaspoon pepper
• 3 cups chicken broth
• 2 large baked potatoes, peeled and cubed
• 1 cup half-and-half cream
• 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
• Shredded Cheddar cheese

1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Set bacon aside. Sauté onion and garlic in the drippings until tender. Stir in flour, salt, basil and pepper; mix well. Gradually add broth. Bring to boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes, cream and hot pepper sauce; heat through but do not boil. Garnish with bacon, and cheese.

Liz also sent this with this note: “If I’m feeling really Martha Stewart 🙂 , I make these yummy biscuits to go with the soup. I was a little intimidated to make my own, but they were very easy. I usually have to make a double batch to feed my family of four… they devour them almost before they hit the table.”

Easy-Bake Cheddar Biscuits
Original Recipe Yield 9 biscuits

• 1 cup flour
• 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
• 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
• 1/4 teaspoon sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
• 1 cup Shredded Cheese
• 1/3 cup milk, plus
• 2 tablespoons milk

1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Mix flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, sugar and salt in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in Cheddar. Add milk; stir until mixture forms soft dough.
2. Place on lightly floured surface; knead 8 to 10 times or until smooth. Pat dough into 6-inch square; cut into 9 smaller squares. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheet.
3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

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