I had some leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge, and no leftover gravy, which meant in my estimation, they were pretty much useless. But then I recalled my mother telling me she made potato soup with them. So I checked out some recipes online, to get some sense to proportions, and came up with this recipe. It’s great for a cold day, with some bacon on top, and a salad on the side.
2 tbsp butter 2 medium onions, finely chopped 1 clove minced garlic 4 cups mashed potatoes 2 cups chicken broth 1 1/2 cup whole fat milk 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1/2 and 1/2 1 cup smoked (cheddar) cheese, grated 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated 1 tsp crazy salt (seasoning salt of your choice) 1/2 tsp paprika
Saute onions and garlic in butter until they are translucent and soft. Put into a soup pan, and add chicken broth. Mix in mashed potatoes, using a large whisk. Add milk and cream and heat up the soup till simmering. After simmering and whisking for awhile (five, ten minutes) put your pan in the sink and use a hand held blender to make the soup smooth and lump free (if you have picky kids ;)) Heat it back up on the stove. Add seasonings and stir cheese into soup till melted. I just happened to have smoked cheddar, but I think it would be fine with all regular cheddar cheese, or maybe some smoked gouda. Serve with bacon (crumbled or less so – it’s up to you) and a nice salad. Bon Appetite!
I’d love to find more recipes to get rid of those leftovers everyone collects in their fridge. Anyone have some ideas?