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BACON AND POTATO SOUP - updated

My kid's become addicted to IHOP's loaded potato soup, so I'm trying to make it myself. First, experimenting with fresh ingredients, but as soon as I have the recipe down, I'll adjust it to use stored products: dehydrated potatoes/onions, jarred bacon, and goat milk from our own goats.

A search for potato and bacon soup show all kinds with cream of something soup but I don't like using or storing them.

So ... does anybody have the recipe for IHOP's loaded potato soup?

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UPDATE MARCH 2014:
I never did get a recipe so I worked on it and came up with this. Let me know if you think it comes close to IHOP's recipe. My son sure thought so!

Ingredients:
8 potatoes, cubed (I leave the peel on for more fiber)
1/2 cup butter (one stick)
1/2 cup flour, all-purpose*
8 cups of milk
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt/pepper to taste

Top with:
Chopped green onions/scallions**
Bacon Bits (real ones, not those nasty fake ones)
Shredded Cheddar Cheese

*To make gluten-free, use arrowroot instead. It's just a thickener.
**My son hates onions, so I leave these off his portion.

Directions:

1. Microwave the cubed potatoes in a glass bowl for 7-10 minutes, until they are tender and soft.

2. While cooking, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour (or arrowroot) until combined, then gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low-medium, and simmer 5-10 minutes, until somewhat thickened.

3. Stir in microwaved potatoes. Cook another 5 minutes. Add sour cream and cheddar cheese, stirring until blended.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Top with scallions, bacon pieces, cheddar cheese, or try an unusual cheese, like gruyere.

Note: You could add diced onions to the actual soup, if you want to. Totally up to you!

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2 comments:

kymber said...

i don't know what IHOP's loaded soup is - sorry - i'm Canadian - but you have all of the ingredients already!

if you are using fresh ingredients - fry your bacon and once cooked, remove the bacon with a slotted spoon onto some paper towel or tea towel (we have stopped using paper towel). have your potatoes already sliced up or cut into chunks (scrub them well and leave the skins on for extra nutrients), pour most of the bacon grease into a mason jar (save ALL of your bacon grease! if stored in an airtight container it will last for years!), drop your potatoes into the still-sizzling bacon grease, cook until soft, add the bacon back to the pan and pour in your room-temperature goat's milk. add salt and pepper, onions, garlic, whatever spices or herbs that you like, heat to serve without boiling and VOILA - you will have an awesome cream of potatoe/bacon soup.

and i am sure that you can figure out how to do this with dehydrated ingredients on your own.

but if you would like a full and properly-written out recipe - email me at kymberzmail@gmail.com

i would be happy to write it out for you.

Practical Parsimony said...

There are recipes for cream of....whatever soup on prepper sites and the internet. Make one of those recipes for your start of the soup he likes.

Then, will you share your perfected bacon potato soup with me? it sounds delicious.