Sheila is another of our faithful Food Stamps Cooking Club members. She’s been vacationing and eating well and wisely in the process.
Always eager to lend a helping hand to our Club Members, Sheila has offered this recipe on a post card she picked up in, as you might expect, Idaho! Mother Connie jumped all over this because of the great crop of taters The Normanator has produced in this year’s garden. And, not surprisingly, has put HER spin on this tasty dish.
IDAHO BAKED POTATO SOUP
*Mother Connie says this translates as “comfort food!”
2/3 cup butter
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
7 cups milk
4 large potatoes, baked, peeled and cubed-approx 4 cups
4 green onions, sliced
12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 ¼ cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
In large soup kettle, melt butter. Stir in flour; heat and stir until smooth. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Add potatoes and onions. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; stir until cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 to 10 servings.
***Mother Connie, in her quest to be thrifty, used 3 cups of potatoes and 1 cup of shredded sautéed zucchini. Also, not having green onions, white onions from the garden were substituted.
Remember the Foccacia bread recipe we shared recently? The leftover bread we had was cut into cubes, drizzled with olive oil and parked in the oven to toast. That made for lovely, yummy croutons and we felt as if we were attending a feast! We had a salad with Swiss Chard and tomatoes from the oven. What a great meal!
Thank you, Sheila.
Users of EBT cards provided by WIC or SNAP; Angel Food Ministries users; those who frequent food pantries or use food commodities can appreciate the value and cost effectiveness of this soup, even in warm weather. If you garden, if you have taters and no meat you could make this sans bacon and have a very nourishing meal. For those who watch their food budgets closely; for those who yearn for comfort food-this is a wonderful menu item.
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