131. For Christmas this year my family added to my kitchen cookbook collection by giving me a wonderful soup cookbook. It is from (Parragon Publishing,
And, a beautiful stand for my cookbooks.
The recipe called for onion and garlic to be sauteed in butter and then add the bacon. I decided this would make the soup very high in fat and cause an oily consistency. So I sauteed the bacon separately and drained it well. I crumbled the bacon and placed it in a serving bowl to sprinkle on top of the soup.
"Chicken & Potato Soup with Bacon"
1 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
9 oz. smoked lean bacon, chopped
2 large leeks, sliced
(I added a stalk of celery also)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken stock
1 lb 12 oz potatoes, cubed
7 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped
4 tablespoons heavy cream :(I used milk)
salt and pepper
cooked crumbled bacon and sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish
Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, until slightly softened. Add the chopped bacon and leeks and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring. ( I did not add the bacon at this point)
In a bowl, mix the flour with enough stock to make a smooth paste and stir it into the pan. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Pour in the remaining stock, then add the potatoes and chicken.
Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes, until the chicken and potatoes are tender and cooked through.
Stir in the cream and cook for another 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with the cooked bacon and flat-leaf parsley and serve immediately.
I also made a batch of biscuits and cut them into star shapes.
What a delicious soup...and you can cut down on fat and calories just by substituting a few ingredients.
Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others;
each batch has its own characteristics;
and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.
~ M. Kennedy