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{Food Dish} Soup Competition 1st Runner-up + Recipe

LDS Living - October 20, 2011

We received lots of great soup recipes from our readers, but a few stood out above the rest when we held our soup competition last week. Here’s the recipe that got the second most votes.

Recently we held our first official Corporate Soup Day to assemble a delicious collection of soups and a large body of people to vote on the best flavors. Next week the grand prize winner—which will receive a $100 gift certificate to Deseret Book—will be announced, so stay tuned!

Our first runner up was Creamy Potato Soup, from Debbie Judd of Evanston, Wyoming.


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Creamy Potato Soup

10 medium potatoes, cubed
14 slices of bacon, sliced into 1/2" to 3/4" slices
1 small sweet onion, finely diced
1 8-oz. package cream cheese ( at room temperature & sliced)
1 cup unsalted butter
4 cups 1% milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup flour
salt and pepper
3 cups potato water (from boiling potatoes)
Place cubed potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Add salt for flavoring and bring to a boil. Cook until tender and remove the 3 cups of potato water to a separate bowl. Drain remaining water off potatoes.

While potatoes are boiling, cook bacon until golden brown. Reserve some of the drippings, add the onions, and cook until transparent.

In large saucepan, melt butter, and with a whisk stir in 1 cup of flour slowly to incorporate. Slowly add 2 cups milk into the roux mixture, making sure to stir constantly to avoid lumps. Slowly add sliced cream cheese to mixture, stirring until well blended. Add 1 cup milk, along with 1/2 cup sour cream, and incorporate into mixture. Slowly add up to 3 cups of reserved potato water. Sauce should be the consistency of a medium-thick gravy. Salt and pepper sauce to desired taste.

Mix together bacon, potatoes, onions, and cream sauce to serve. If there are leftovers, add extra water or milk when re-heating to achieve desired consistency. Makes approximately 14 servings.

For the other winners from our competition:

2nd Runner up - Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup

Winner - Chicken Poblano Soup

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mama_al said...

01:21 PM
on Oct 20, 2011

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Okay, no wonder everyone loved this. The fat content would clog 3 arteries! You could easily halve the butter to make a roux with one cup of flour. The regular ratio for a roux is 1 T butter to 1 T flour. Same as one stick of butter to one half cup flour. Never mind the fat from the bacon. next year I'll submit my similar recipe that has more veggies!

sienna said...

02:16 PM
on Oct 20, 2011

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Sounds absolutely delicious, but I agree..Looks like a heart-attack-in-a-bowl.
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