Monday, January 21, 2013

Slow Cooker Smoky Parsley Potato Soup

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So warm and comforting

The weather has just been weird.  I mean beyond weird!  One day we are in the high 60's (F) and the next day we are in the low 20's (F).  What is going on?

I don't know about you, but when it is snowing and bitter cold out, comfort hot foods are in order. What is more comforting than a nice bowl of hot potato soup?  
I absolutely love this potato soup because first and foremost you prepare it in your slow cooker, SCORE!  Secondly, it's family and budget friendly, and thirdly, as easy to put together as gathering up a few potatoes.




You can serve this smoky soup with either the shredded smoked turkey pictured below, or the absolutely decadent and it's very own food group BACON pictured above.  I cannot decide which one I like better to be honest with you.  I found myself surrounded by bowls of soup, going back and forth between the shredded smoked turkey and the bacon topped soup.  For research purposes you understand.


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Let us not forget the hot sauce.  I am currently having a love affair with the Jalapeno Tabasco version.  My husband however, is secure enough in our marriage that he does not feel threatened in any way...
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Okay, okay just a little more hot sauce - I know, I'm incorrigible! 


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Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 7-8 hours on low
Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:
4-5 medium potatoes (quartered)
3 stalks celery, roughly diced
1 large onion, roughly diced
1/2 cup parsley, roughly chopped
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt (I used Kosher)
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1/3 cup instant potato flakes
32 OZ chicken broth
Smoked turkey or ham
2 cups water
*optional* crumbled bacon

Directions:
-Place potatoes at the bottom of slow cooker. 

-Add the dried seasonings directly over the potatoes.

-Top with the parsley, onion and celery.  



-Add your bouillon cubes, your chicken broth and water.

-Place your turkey legs directly on top of vegetables.  Cover and cook on low.



-When the potatoes have cooked, removed turkey or ham, set aside to cool and shred.

-Using an immersion blender or a blender (be careful when handling hot liquids), puree the potatoes and vegetables till your favorite consistency.  I like a thick smooth potato soup, so I blend it pretty smooth.  The soup will still be very hot.  Using a whisk, sprinkle in the instant potato flakes and whisk till fully incorporated and the soup is so thick you just can't help but grab a small spoon and taste.
Oh wait, that was me...

-Adjust for seasonings, and top with either the smoked meat or BACON.  Heck, live a little add both!


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Blog Hop shared recipe:   Susie QT Pies - National Soup Month Recipes




Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


10 comments :

  1. One of my favorites.. looks like heaven! :)

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  2. Well, I am adapting this because I have a big bag of potatoes to use and this sounds delicious!

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    1. Thank you Alex!! Can't wait to see your variations!!!

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  3. Yummmmm Didi! You know I'll be making this!

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    1. Linda so easy my friend. Now to get you a slow cooker!! :-)

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  4. Yummy - sounds fabulous!!! I LOVE potato soups!!!

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    1. Michele so very easy!! That ham bone of yours will work perfectly in this!!

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  5. Love this soup Didi! Easy to make, full of great flavors and comforting!

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    1. It truly is comforting my friend Linda! Easy too, that's important, lol

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