Well, not really “sans.” But there certainly were not enough potatoes to warrant it being called “Potato” Soup.
I’d dreamt of it all day: rich and creamy mashed Yukons, half and half, warm, mmmm. I was even going to break out The Bacon. And I still had leftover ham from Christmas. In efforts to be as bold in the kitchen as my brother, I was even planning to puree that ham! It all came together in my head–I could practically taste that cream, salty, smoky bowl of heavenly potato soup….
And then. Then I get home, start pulling stuff out of the fridge and cupboards, open the cupboard to grab the potatoes and am hit with a sense of dread. Oh, no I didn’t, did I? Did I really use all of the potatoes last time I reached into this cupboard?? Please, no, tell me my memory is failing me!…
Sho ’nuff. All I find are two rinky dink Yukon golds. Two. Even Jesus may have had trouble making those two potatoes serve my small crowd.
Alright, time to improvise. I have a large stalk of broccoli, about 7 pounds of carrots, and cheese. Got it! California medley-ish soup with the pureed potato/bacon/broth concoction as the thickener. And cheese. Ready, set, go.
Cooked The Bacon in a bit of oil. (Why?! I dunno…) Removed the slices, then sauteed some onion, celery, garlic. Added potatoes, tossed ’em around. Added stock, boiled till taters were tender. Removed that lovely concoction and let it cool a bit.
Added more stock to the pan, along with some sliced carrots. Boiled a bit, then added the chopped broccoli (wished later that I’d chopped it smaller–now I know).
Pureed the potato concoction, along some ham.
Stirred the veggies and stock. Panicked a bit when I realized and yelped, “I forgot to add The Bacon!” Husband graciously volunteered to run the boat motor and puree The Bacon into the Potato Stuff.
Stirred the Stuff into the veggies. Wasn’t the consistency I was aiming for so added a little slurry. Meh, close but not there. But didn’t care so much because by now we were all starving. Added some shredded cheddar and a bit of parsley.
O.M.G. Veggies–they were the centerpiece and made it seem so much more wholesome and not totally a dinner indulgence. Creamy–even the two rinky dink potatoes made their special contribution. Smoky– The Bacon added an irreplaceable dimension.
I would totally make this again.
You know, if it were possible to recreate something you totally made up on the fly and have it taste the same a second time around.