Cooking was very frustrating when I first got married because my husband and I grew up on very different types of food. His family was more the pork chop and mashed potatoes type whereas I'm a vegetarian. I slowly won him over to my side though. It is really amazing the food he eats now. I don't think he would have believed it 15 years ago!
I was always trying to find recipes that he would like. This was one of my biggest successes. He always talked about the potato soup they served at the rest stops for one of his bike rides in Michigan. One day I was telling one of my friends about this supposedly amazing soup and he said "Your's is better". I almost collapsed!!
This is a great recipe because each person can adjust the toppings to their taste. The picture is of my bowl which had pepper, green onions and bacos. Kayleigh likes cheese and bacos and Bill likes pepper and cheese.
Baked Potato Soup
6 large potatoes
1/3 cup margarine
1/3 cup flour
4 cups milk (skim and soy work fine)
1 cup sour cream
Bake the potatoes either in the microwave or oven (you can do this the day before if you'd like). In a stock pot, melt the margarine over medium-low heat. When it is melted, add the flour and stir for about 1 minute. Slowly add the milk, about 1 cup at a time, stirring to remove any lumps. Once all the milk is added, leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the insides. Mash about a quarter of the potato. Add the potato to the soup and cook until heated through. Add the sour cream and cook one additional minute.
Top the soup with anything that you would put on a baked potato.
Kay: I like it very much. I put Bacos and cheddar cheese on mine.
Mom: This past week our weather went from 90 degree days to barely making it to 50. This is a great recipe to pull out when the weather turns like that because I usually have all the ingredients on hand. One time I was out of sour cream so I used plain yogurt. It wasn't quite as good but that worked fine as well.