Posted by Michael, March 30th, 2011
Best baked potato soup. Ever.
To be honest, I was always skeptical of baked potato soup. Rebecca would rave about it and me? I’d just be all, well, meh. But then I had the baked potato soup at Houlihan’s. It was very good; I had no idea soup could be something so great. However, at the end of the day (or after using the toilet, whatever you prefer(hey, we’re friends, right?)) there was still something a bit off about it — the soup had too much of a creamy feel. I actually wanted more potatoes in that thing.
A week or so ago, I discovered a baked potato soup recipe at The Curvy Carrot. I admit; at first I shrugged it off thinking it was just another creamy attempt at the soup. But then! Then I saw that the crispy goodness on top wasn’t bacon and the recipe sucked me in! Turns out that the crispy pieces on top are actually the skins from the baked potato! What a fantastic idea!
And so on Sunday, I decided to make it. To quote The Curvy Carrot, ‘Enjoy this recipe. It’s a keeper.’ Amen.
- 5 russet potatoes, scrubbed well and dried
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (I used salted butter and then used less salt than listed below)
- 1/2 cup flour; divided into two 1/4 cup portions
- 6 cups of whole milk
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup sour cream (for garnish — Rebecca didn’t use any)
Crispy potato skins ingredients:
- Reserved potato skins (from the potatoes above)
- Oil for brushing
- Salt+Pepper+any other spices you’d like to use (I added some hot pepper)
First thing is to get those potatoes cooked.
I poked some holes in each of the potatoes, sprinkled them with some salt+pepper, and then placed them in a preheated over at 400 degrees. These things cooked for about an hour until fully cooked and softened. Once they were fully cooked, I let them cool a bit so I could work with them — roughly 45 minutes or so.
Once cooled, I sliced each potato into two pieces. I carefully peeled back the skins and placed them back in the pan. Half of the potato insides went into one bowl, while the other half went into another.
The first bowl got mashed pretty good. The second bowl got cut into bitesize pieces.
The skins got brushed with some oil. I then sprinkled a bit more salt+pepper on them, as well as some red pepper flakes. I put these in the over at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, or until they were plenty crispy. Check these often; you don’t want to burn them.
From here it was on to make the soup. In a large dutch oven on medium heat, I melted the butter and then added 1/4 cup flour into the butter. This mixture was wisked like crazy until it was lightly golden brown — maybe 3-4 minutes for me. I slowely added the milk and again wisked like crazy. After this was mixed came the rest of the flour; as well as some more wisking! This was cooked until the liquid started to get thickened. The original recipe said this took about 8 minutes. It took me about 12-15 until it started to get thick.
Once thick, I added the mashed potatoes. I stirred this well until completed mixed. This mixture was followed by the bitesize potato pieces and some stirring. Added some more pepper as well as the cheddar cheese. Once the cheese was fully melted into the soup, we were good to eat!
I topped my soup off with some green onions and some sour cream. Rebecca passed on the sour cream. And then came the best part! The crispy potato skins! Mmm.
Once again, we are linking this post up to What I Ate Wednesday at Peas & Crayons!