Loaded Baked Potato Soup


My family and I just recently got back from a trip to South Lake Tahoe for a dear friends beautiful wedding.  After two flights and screaming children (Yes, we were the most hated passengers on the plane!) all we could think about was food...Glorious food!


I'm sure most of you have flown.  If not, do not eat airport food.  It really is awful.  I attempted to eat a caesar salad....safe, right?  No, not so safe.  After 2 bites down it went into the garbage.

Immediately when we received our rental car we asked for the nearest healthy, good restaurant or deli.  They pointed us to a place called süp (Pronounced:soup). It's small quaint place that serves great sandwiches, salads and soups (no they didn't sponsor this post.  I just really liked it!)

I bought our 16 month old a baked potato soup (playing it on the safe side, since she's a picky eater) and we all fought for spoonfuls.  I knew this was a soup I would try to recreate when I got home.


I would definitely say this soup is comparable or even slightly better (yes, I'm biased.)  ;-)

It tastes exactly like a loaded delicious baked potato.  My soup is a thicker soup but it's easy to thin it out with adding extra milk or chicken broth.


Now, comes the good part...the giveaway!

This giveaway isn't sponsored (although I do have a fun sponsored giveaway coming up soon!) I recently bought a few items for myself and I love them and wanted to share it with all my wonderful readers/friends!

One of my favorite stores for home and clothes is anthropologie!

A few weeks ago I found some adorable ceramic 'cartons'.  I use them for fruit and planted flowers, but they can really be used for anything, and they are great photo props!



This ceramic rolling pin is the best and most efficient rolling pin I've ever used. Virtually no sticking, and it's adorable!



Giveaway Details

You have until Wednesday, Oct 5th, 12 midnight PST to enter this giveaway.  One winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 2 days to respond or a new winner will be selected.  Only open to residents of the US and Canada. 

Items:
1 white ceramic (dishwasher safe & microwave safe) 'carton'
1 teal ceramic (dishwasher safe & microwave safe) 'carton'
1 ceramic rolling pin  

How to Enter:

5 possible entries. To earn credit for each entry leave separate comments for each step (listed below) on my blog.  If you don't leave a separate comment for each step, I will not be able to include them. 


YOU MUST leave your email, in order for me to contact you.

1. "Like" Epicurean Mom on Facebook 
2. Subscribe to Epicurean Mom by email (on my blog homepage) or RSS
3. Follow @EpicureanMom on Twitter
5. Tweet this post/giveaway, being sure to include my twitter handle (@EpicureanMom.)
4. Stumble this post 
5. Leave a comment about your favorite/most used kitchen item (mine being this amazing roller!)

Good Luck!!

*Come join SoupaPalooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by KitchenAid, Red Star Yeast and Le Creuset. * 

Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Recipe Adapted from Epicurean Mom

Serves 6

Ingredients:
3-4 Large Russet Potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
3/4 cup flour
2 1/2 cups broth
1/2 cup half & half
2 1/2 cups 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup (mild) cheddar cheese, grated, plus more for garnish
1 cup white (mild) cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large onion, diced
5 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 tablespoons chives, chopped

Preparation:
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Rub potatoes with olive oil and place on a baking sheet.  Bake for 45 min- 1 hour, or until soft and completely cooked. 

Cool potatoes completely and peel. Dice 2 potatoes (into bite sized pieces) and mash the other with 1/2 cup milk.  Separately, set both aside. 

Over medium heat melt butter (you can add more butter, I cut on it to save on calories) in a dutch oven and add flour, stirring vigorously, until thickened and smooth. Slowly add half and half and milk (stirring vigorously.)  Add onions and garlic and cook until soft and translucent (stirring continuously.) Add the mashed potato. Using an emulsion blender or blender, blend until smooth (if using a blender return to the dutch oven.) Add chicken broth, cheddar cheese and white cheddar cheese, salt and pepper.

Stir in the sour cream, until completely incorporated, and add diced potatoes. 

Spoon into bowls and garnish with cheddar cheese, bacon and chives. 

161 comments:

  1. The soup sounds hearty and wonderful. The last time I flew to Reno was for a wedding in Tahoe as well, I think that airport isn't great for food good call on leaving to find something. I love anthropologie for plates and dresses. :)

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  2. Ok first off your pictures are absolutely GORGEOUS (as always) and your potato soup looks delicious! Secondly, what a fabulous giveaway! Believe it or not I don't even have a rolling pin haha and this one is amazing!! LOVE this giveaway!!! <3 Of course I already like you on Facebook :)

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  3. My favorite kitchen item would be my kitchen-aid mixer! (AND this rolling pin if I won it! haha)

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  10. These are adorable, who doesn't love Anthro?!

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  11. The potato soup sounds amazing, by the way. It's so comforting!

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  14. I love this recipe! Perfect for a chilly fall day as we are having here in New York. Looking forward to trying this. My favorite kitchen utensil would probably be my cutting knives. Love your giveaway! Anthropology is one of my favorites!

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  15. I am a fan (both my blog and personal page) on Facebook!

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  16. I tweeted this. Now I need a bowl of this marvelous soup! Thanks Katie! :)

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  22. tweeted! baked potato soup looks amazing!

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  23. Wow, from the look of it I would say that your soup definitely has it over anything a restaurant could offer. It's fantastic. We're a potato loving family so I'm sure it will go over big here. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  26. I subscribe to your blog and can't wait to make this soup! Do you think I could try it with coconut milk/ cream?

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  31. Oh, I love baked potato soup...I'll have to compare my recipe with yours...it looks delish! My most used kitchen equipment is my santoku knife~

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  33. I love the idea of a baked potato soup!!! It looks and sounds so delicious, and your photos just make it look amazing!!

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  42. Your soup looks delicious. It's not nearly cool enough to start making soup where I live but I will be sure to try this recipe out when winter finally hits. My all time favorite kitchen tool has got to be my garlic press, I love that thing.

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  43. Love your photos! and this potato soup looks and sounds SO good. I cannot wait to try it! My favorite kitchen item are my shun knives. Dont know how I would live without them.
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  47. My favorite kitchen tool is my vitamix!

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  50. Hello! I subscribe via email, and this soup sounds tasty! I love when you ask a local, please help me, i NEED _____ and they give you the inside scoop.

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  51. Also, my mot used item in the kitchen is definitely these ultra huge old school vintage pyrex, kichen aid? idk huge ceramic primary colored bowls. and my strong biceps! love them (biceps too!), need to find a red one since it mysteriously disappeared. i suspect gremlins!

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  52. This soup looks AMAZING. You have me craving loaded baked potatoes at it is 7:30am, hahah! :) And of course I love anthro too, so I had to enter your giveaway!

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  54. And probably my most used kitchen item is my Epicurian cutting board. I have it in slate color and I adore it.

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  56. This recipe looks wonderful! I can't wait to try it.
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  64. Oh, how beautiful! I've liked you on Facebook as "The World in My Kitchen." Also, I've been in the market for a baked potato soup...I think I may just try yours out!

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  65. I now follow you on Twitter!

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  66. Hmmmm...my most used kitchen item? It's kind of a lame answer, but I would have to say my stove. I got a new one with an oval burner, a high-octane burner, and a simmer burner last summer, and absolutely love it! :-)

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  67. My bread maker is quickly being my favorite kitchen item! I love making a fresh loaf every week for the weekly lunches and morning breakfast toast. That rolling pin is so cute!

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  95. I love potato soup! I cannot wait to try this!

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  96. Oh my most used kitchen item this is hard... hmmm I guess my cutting board with measuring cheats on it. I'm terrible with measurements and this helps! : )~

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  99. My most used kitchen item is my Kitchenaid mixer!

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  101. My most used kitchen item would have to be my chef's knife!

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  111. My favorite kitchen implement is my small cuisinart food processor. It's so handy and perfect for so many things.

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  112. My favorite kitchen implement is the spoon, so I taste everything I make (or someone else makes!).

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