Friday, January 4, 2013

Potato Chili Cheese Soup

My sister and I are complete opposites. Actually, opposites really doesn't seem to fully describe how different we are. I can't wait to get moved south to the Carolina's and be warm, while sis has her family settled in Canada, where they are as content as can be. I love Kevin Bacon, maybe cuz he has bacon in his name or he is just a great actor. My sis can not stand him, she will leave the room if he is in a movie we are watching. Finally, the biggest difference, she and her family are vegetarians. I require my daily intake of meat, be it beef, bacon, chicken, bacon, pork, venison or even... you guessed it bacon. Sis has always been a full believer in organic foods. I never was. Not saying I have changed my mind on all that, but I have stopped saying she is wrong, too. With what she has always been lecturing me on, and what my friend over at Real Food Girl:Unmodified is teaching us, you have to stop and listen.  If Sis is reading this, she might just take that as I am saying she was right about something!

Now that I have brought you up to speed on the lifestyle differences, on to the rest of the story. We were all skyping after Christmas, and I showed them the new immersion blender I got for Christmas. I was really so excited about receiving this gift, and the fact that I finally had one. It was just one of those gadgets I would never buy for myself, and it finally came as a Christmas gift, actually I got two! Guess everyone was listening!

When my brother-in-law saw the blender, he was telling me about his favorite soup to make with their blender. Oh yeah, there is another difference, I love to cook, Sis.. not so much. Brother-in-law does the cooking up there. I have never used one of their family recipes before due to our differences in food choices, but I just love a good soup, and had to trust them on this one. It took a couple days, but they finally got the recipe emailed to me.  Let me just tell you, this soup is O. M. G.  Amazeballs! It has such an amazing flavor from all the peppers and spices, but no heat (Truckin' Man was happy).  I am sure I could have made the soup a little smoother with some more practice with the blender, but I actually like the little bit of texture. I will no longer question their food choices, and look forward to the next recipe!!! 

Potato Chili Cheese Soup (Slightly adapted from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest via My Sis )

4- 5 medium potatoes 
3 cups water
1 T. butter
1 T. olive oil
1 1/2 c. chopped onion
1 3/4 t. salt
1 t. cumin
1 t. basil (I used dried)
2 medium cloves of garlic, crushed
Lots of freshly ground pepper (I used about 1/2 teaspoon)
1 1/2 c. diced green bell pepper
1 c. diced canned green chilies **
3/4 c. sour cream  (I used greek yogurt)
1 c. milk
3/4 c. (packed) grated jack cheese
2 scallions, finely minced (whites & greens) (optional)
Cilantro (optional)

Scrub the potatoes, cut them into small chunks and cook them in the water, partially covered, until tender (about 20 minutes). Cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, begin sauteing onions in combined butter and olive oil in large heavy skillet. After several minutes add salt, cumin, basil, garlic, and black pepper. Continue until onions are getting soft (about 8 minutes). Add chopped peppers and saute a few more minutes.  Set aside.

Puree the potatoes in their cooking water. Return puree to large sturdy sauce pan.  Add the saute, plus the green chilies, sour cream, and milk. Puree until well blended.  Heat very gently over low heat.

When soup is hot, stir in cheese and scallions and serve. Garnish with cilantro, if you like.

**Note from Sis:  (Be sure to go through the chili peppers thoroughly and pull our any stems and husks. You just want the peppers)

Sharing this recipe at:
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  1. Looks so yummy! I eyed an immersion blender for months before I bought it, and it has turned out to be one of my most used kitchen tools! I am in love with it and can't remember what I did before it!

  2. Your Potato Chili Cheese Soup looks so delicious! I would love it if you would share this on my Whisk Away Wednesday Linky Party at I can't wait to see you there!

  3. This sounds great. I suspect I call the immersion blender a stick blender! I wouldn't like to do without one - it's also great for whizzing up fruit based drinks. Cheers

  4. THis sounds so good! I love the idea of a chili cheese soup with potato! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back and VOTE on Sunday!

  5. This soup sound so comforting! I love thick soups!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - Hope to see you there again next week with more deliciousness :)

  6. Me and my sister are like day & night,lol. The soup looks so delicious and comforting :)

  7. Thank you for making me laugh today! I loved your post just as much as the recipe. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

  8. Your soup look very comforting... I love my stick blender too and can't live without one :P

  9. This sounds so good! Maybe we could switch sisters, mine's the complete opposite of me too. My sister's not vegan but she does eat all sorts of weird food that I'd never touch, give me meat and potatoes and I'm happy. Oh, and lots of bacon!

  10. Thanks so much for sharing this on Manic Monday! It sounds wonderful!!!

  11. My sister and I are so different. I really didn't understand how so until she moved nearby. She drives me NUTS most of the time!! LOL! Thanks for linking up!

  12. G'day and looks very warm and welcoming! YUM!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Potato Lovers Party!