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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blue Cheese Potato Soup and a Giveaway

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Recently, the lovely people at Andrew McMeel Publishing sent me a copy of Lynn Alley's new cookbook-50 Simple Soups for the Slow Cooker. I was super excited to receive this cookbook, since I love soup and anything I can make in the slow cooker, is a dream come true. I quickly skimmed through the book, only to bookmark many recipes that caught my eye. This potato soup was one of the first recipes I bookmarked. I mentioned it to Hubby, who agreed that this should be one of the first soups we try.

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When Lynn says simple, she means simple. The soup took about 10 minutes to assemble and after the potatoes were done cooking, it literally took a few minutes to finish off. The flavor was fabulous. The pungent and tangy blue cheese made the soup so creamy, despite the absence of cream. I loved the garnish of rosemary at the end, though Hubby would have loved if the rosemary would have cooked with the potatoes, to infuse them with the flavour as well. This is a perfect savory soup for those cold winter nights, that make you want to put on fuzzy PJs and sink into something warm and comforting.

Blue Cheese Potato Soup
Adapted from Lynn Alley's 50 Simple Soups for the Slow Cooker
printable version

2 Tbs butter or ghee
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery ribs, sliced
1 1/2 lbs small red or white potatoes, skins on
6 C water
8 oz blue cheese (domestic, Roquefort, Gorgonzola, or your favorite)
4 cloves garlic
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh rosemary, for garnishing

In a large saute pan, melt the butter over medium heat and saute the onion for about 10 minutes, or until slightly browned. Add the celery and cook for 2 minutes longer. Transfer the onion and celery to a 7 quart slow cooker and add the potatoes (but no water). Cover and cook on LOW for about 4 hours, or until the potatoes are very tender.

Add the water and blue cheese. Using a garlic press, mince the garlic into the soup. Add the salt to taste.

Using a handheld immersion blender, puree some of the ingredients to give the soup thickness and texture. For a more rustic feel, you can simply mash some of the potatoes with a potato masher. I like to leave it very lumpy and rustic looking with plenty of skin intact.

Ladle soup into bowl. Grind the fresh pepper over the tip and serve garnishes with rosemary.

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Since I was so excited about the cookbook, I contacted Andrew McMeel Publishing to thank them for sending it to me. When I mentioned wanting to purchase a copy, to offer to my readers, they generously offered to send one lucky HWFD? reader a copy of this awesome cookbook. With recipes like Black Bean Chili with Cornbread Crust and Spiced Apple Pie Soup, who wouldn't want to win a copy!

So, I am giving you all the chance to win a copy of Lynn's brand new book, which was just released on Sept 27th. All you have to do is leave me a comment, telling me your favourite thing to make in your slow cooker*. The giveaway will run from now, until Oct 31st. I will announce the winner on November 1st.
*If you'd like an extra entry, become a fan of Hun...What's for Dinner? on Facebook and leave me a comment saying you have or already are. 

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Cookbook Sunday
Hearth and Soul
Full Plate Thursday
Turning the Table Thursday

30 comments:

Sarah said...

We love using our slow cooker, however I know we could use it more. We make a whole chicken in it at least once a month. I love how the meat just falls off the bones.

Brenda said...

My favourite slow cooker meal is ribs and beans!

Brenda said...

And I'm a fan on Facebook!

Mindy said...

Potato soup was always my mom's go-to dinner when there was nothin' to eat in the house. She's also a blue cheese junkie. I'll have to make this for her.

I discovered a slow cooker Bolognese last fall that is absolutely delicious. That's definitely going on the menu this fall.

MM said...

Why have I never thought to use blue cheese in potato soup? That's a great idea.

I like Creole chicken in the crockpot. I need to use mine more often, though.

Jamie said...

I like to make roast in the crockpot. I use 2 cans of cream of mushroom and 2 cans of french onion soup, it makes a great gravy.

Jamie said...

I'm a fan on facebook.

stacief said...

I love my crockpot! I recently made apple sauce but love to make chicken dumplings!

Emily said...

I love to make spaghetti sauce in the crock pot. The long cooking process gives it a great flavor!

Stephanie said...

I make BBQ pulled pork and roasts in mine all the time, which means lots of leftovers for the hubby. You can't beat that!

Belinda M said...

My favorite crock pot recipe is pulled pork. So easy yet sooooooooo good


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Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos said...

I like to make Italian Beef sandwiches in mine. I would love a to use it to make more soups! This one sounds awesome!

Miz Helen said...

I just love the combination for this soup, it looks so good! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Unknown said...

I like to make pepper steak in the crock pot, it's so good and very easy to make! Potato soup is my favorite soup though and I can't wait to try this recipe, especially with the cold winter months coming up! Also I liked you on facebook!

Cheryl said...

My favorite meal, that I like to make in my crockpot, is Creamy Italian Chicken with noodles. So yummy!

Cheryl said...

I am a fan of yours on Facebook. (Cheryl HeartnSoulmom)

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Sounds like a great soup. I love using my slow cooker too, especially in the winter.
Sue :-)

auntietina said...

The best thing I do in my slow cooker: apple butter. 24 hours on low, take the lid off and let thicken. Yummy yummy goodness, whether you want to can it or not.

auntietina said...

oh hell yeah I am a fan of "Hun... What's For Dinner?".

Melynda said...

Blue cheese in this soup sounds lovely, also something I would not have thought of! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul.

Melynda said...

Hello I am back! Also thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with Cookbook Sunday @ Moms Sunday Cafe. Hope to see you again in November!

sweetsouthernhome said...

Our favorite thing to make in the slow cooker is Chili! it makes the house smell soooo good while it's cooking.

-Carrie

celjla212@aol.com

Melissa T said...

We love making Pulled Pork and spareribs in orange sauce ... can't wait to start making soups now that the weather is changing :)

Kim B. said...

My favorite thing to cook in my slow cooker is a roast that I serve with mashed potatoes & green beans...YUM!! GREAT giveaway!!

Chris said...

Hi Cindy, thanks so much for the recipe. I shall have to make it now that winter is fast approaching. I recently found your blog and am now following. Please pop on over to mine and perhaps you will follow me also. I would like that. Hugs from a fellow Canadian, Chris

Stephanie said...

I love to make white chicken chili in my crock pot!

Stephanie said...

I am a fan on Facebook too!

Amy L said...

I like to make pot roast in the crockpot.

Becky H said...

Aw, do I have to pick just one? We love using our crockpot, especially at this time of the year. Our new favorite is butternut squash and white bean soup. Yummy!

Becky H said...

I'm a fan on Facebook as well! :-)