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Cheesy potato stoup is a soup that is hearty enough to have for dinner. It's kind of like a baked potato in a bowl. Can you say yummy? This cheesy potato stoup recipe will take you a little time but it is worth the effort. So grab a basket of bread for dipping and meet me at the table; I'm having cheesy potato stoup for dinner tonight.
Stoup is a term used for a cross between soup and stew, where the brother is typically thicker than traditional soup. Read more about stoup and it's background in this article on WiseGeek.com...
1. Dice unpeeled red potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes. Place in a large Dutch oven or stew pot, cover with chicken broth and bring to a boil. Let boil for 10 minutes or until 3/4 cooked.
2. While the potatoes are boiling, cook the bacon in a separate large Dutch oven or stew pot. When the bacon is done, use a slotted spoon to remove it from the pot and place it on a paper towel covered plate. Save it for later. Get rid of all of the bacon grease except one teaspoon.
3. Mix the melted margarine and flour into the bacon grease, mixing until smooth.
4. Place over low heat and gradually add half-and-half, stirring constantly. Use the same method to pour in the milk.
5. Now, carefully, add the potatoes and the chicken broth to the pot. The best way to do this is by using the slotted spoon to pick up the potatoes and place them in. Then pour in the broth. Continue to stir until smooth and liquid begins to thicken.
6. Fold in the cubed Velveeta. Stir in pepper, garlic powder and hot pepper sauce.
7. Cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
8. Place soup into individual serving bowls and top with crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, chives and parsley.
Cheesy Potato Stoup is a great get well gift for friends and family. Pair it with a tasty bread gift basket for a great hostess gift!
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Another way to serve my potato stoup recipe is by ladling it into oven safe bowls. Place two slices of crusty bread on top. Then pile on the bacon and cheese. Place the bowls in the oven on a baking sheet... 450 degrees for about 4-5 minutes should do the trick. When the cheese is melted, remove the bowls, garnish with chives, parsley, and maybe some sour cream. Now you're ready to eat!
When my friends and family are feeling under the weather, I usually whip up a big pot of soup, stew or stoup to make them feel better.
Two of my favorites are this cheesy potato stoup and beef stew in the winter or old fashioned chicken noodle and fresh vegetable in the summer. Of course, this only works for friends that are in my area so if I've got a sick friend that lives across the country, I opt to send them some home-baked goodies like gourmet brownies or turtle bars.
Another great get well gift option is a big cookie bouquet of smiling cookies that you can buy online - they are sure to bring a smile to any one's face!