Back in January, I mentioned something on my Facebook wall about making Baked Potato Soup, and several of my friends or fans or followers or what-have-you commented and/or emailed me asking for the recipe, and, because I like to keep my word even if it takes me eight weeks to two years, I am giving you that recipe today.
Aunt Patty’s Baked Potato Soup
Prep Time: 1.5 hours Cook Time: 45 minutes Difficulty: Medium Serves: 6
4 pounds of Russet potatoes (5 or 6 big ones)
2/3 cup butter (for best flavor, I recommend real butter, not margarine)
2/3 cup flour
6 cups milk (whole milk is best, otherwise soup takes FOREVER to thicken)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 green onions (scallions)
12 slices bacon
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8 ounces sour cream
Bake potatoes and let cool. Once cooled, cut each lengthwise and scoop out pulp. Fry bacon on stovetop, using a skillet or griddle, until very crispy. Set potato pulp and bacon aside.
Chop green onions.
In stockpot (5 or 6 quart will work), melt butter over low heat. Slowly add flour, stirring constantly and until smooth.
Increase heat to medium and gradually add milk. Continue stirring until thick and bubbly (be patient, it takes a little while).
Stir in potato pulp, salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of the green onions, 1/2 cup of the bacon, and 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese. Set aside remainder of those for garnish.
Stir in sour cream and cook until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently.
Serve in bowls and garnish with remaining bacon, onion, and cheese.
Just think, if I were The Pioneer Woman, I would have pretty pictures of the ingredients and the process to show you. Of course, if I were The Pioneer Woman, I would also have eleventeen thrillion readers a month, a bestselling cookbook, and a movie deal with Columbia Pictures, but I’m not bitter because I have a DELICIOUS! BAKED POTATO SOUP RECIPE!
And now so do you.
For much of my childhood, my Grandma Jean lived in Claremore, Oklahoma, about a forty-five minute drive from our home in Tulsa. Probably once a month, my parents, my brother Jeremy, and I made the trip there to see her and my Grandpa Bernard. During the car ride, my brother and I would measure how near to Claremore we were by keeping watch out for the Big Blue Whale in a Catoosa, OK pond just off of Route 66.
By the time I was a teenager my grandparents had moved out of Claremore, so whale-sightings became few and far-between. Still, even as an adult, I have had occasion to pass by the pond, and seeing the whale always makes me think of my Grandma and Grandpa, our midnight Uno games, crappie fishing, and jelly-roll baking lessons. For many years, I have wanted to take some pictures of the whale, since, for me, it symbolizes so many happy memories. The other day, I made the trip to Catoosa to do just that.
The Big Blue Whale, now an official Route 66 Roadside Attraction, has an interesting back story. A love story. And, while there’s no longer swimming allowed at the whale pond, it’s still a great destination for a Sunday drive with the kids.
The girls and I are on our way out the door to see the new animated feature Rio, which just opened today in theatres. We all loved the Ice Age movies, so we are pretty psyched about Rio.
To celebrate, here are five free printable coloring pages of the characters from the movie Rio. Just click on each image below to be taken to the pdf pages for printing.
Rio Coloring Page :: Blu
Rio Coloring Page :: Jewel
Rio Coloring Page :: Luiz
Rio Coloring Page :: Nico + Pedro
Rio Coloring Page :: Rafael
Have a great weekend!