- November 27, 2015 at 11:36 pm #366959mosParticipant
Again, I promoting the ultimate gift from your kitchen! From the proverbial statement, “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day…Teach him to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime…” Thanks to the reduced cost of technology, a great gift for a young couple or a person starting out on their own is a crockpot filled with non-perishable items, a recipe, and a gift certificate towards the purchase of the fresh ingredients.
I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve done this and the recipients were SO grateful! Fill the purchased crockpot with: 2 lb pkg flour, 32-oz pkg chicken broth, and a jar of chives.
Add a gift certificate for $10 and the recipe for making the meal.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
8 slices bacon into 1/2-inch pieces
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tbs flour
32-oz fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
3 lb baking potatoes (about 6 large), peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8-oz pkg triple cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tbs cream cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chives
Cook and stir bacon in large skillet on medium heat until crisp.
Remove bacon from skillet with slotted spoon, reserving 2 tbs drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Add onions to drippings in skillet.
Cook and stir 5 min or until crisp-tender. Stir in flour. Cook and stir 1 min.
Add 1 cup broth. Cook and stir 2 min. or until sauce comes to boil and thickens.
Pour into slow cooker. Stir in remaining broth and potatoes. Cover with lid.
Cook on low 8 to 10 hours (or high 5 to 6 hours).
Use slotted spoon to transfer 4 cups potatoes to medium bowl. Mash until smooth. Add 1-1/2 cups cheese to remaining mixture in slow cooker.
Stir until melted. Stir in mashed potatoes and milk. Cook, covered, 5 min or until heated through.
Place bacon on paper towel-covered microwaveable plate.
Microwave on high 20 to 30 sec or until heated through. Serve soup topped with bacon, remaining cheese, sour cream and chives.
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