Enter meal number .four.
"Psh. I'm getting so good at this cooking thing...
I won't even have anything to blog about, anymore."
Open mouth, insert foot. CHOKE
Per '101 Quick and Easy Recipies' pg. 36
Prep: 12 Minutes - Cook: 35 Minutes
MY START TIME 6:05PM
1. Prick each potato (recipe called for 5 large baking potatoes) several times with a fork. Arrange potatoes 1 inch apart in microwave, on paper towels. Microwave on HIGH about 20 minutes, turning and rearranging after 10 minutes. Let cool.
It didn't specify how long I should let the potatoes "cool." Based on the stated prep / cook times, one would assume not very long. Since I was otherwise distracted (thank you Internet) they probably sat for around 15 minutes.
2. Peel potatoes, and coarsely mash with a fork.
This is where
Have you ever tried to peel a baked potato? If you haven't, let me just say:
It is absolutely asinine.
do it, ever.
On the surface, the potatoes were cool to the touch.
As I start to peel* however,
*They don't peel, at least not like raw potatoes. The skin and soft innards kept jamming the potato peeler every 2.65 seconds, pissing me the F off.
and the skin began to painstakingly slough off, my hands...
Hello, 2nd degree burns
Chunks of potato kept falling into the trash as a result of my manhandling, so I attempted to scalp them over a bowl.
The kitchen had, what looked like potato arterial spray everywhere.
Good thing the recipe recommended mashing coarsely
3. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add
WHAT?! "Stirring until smooth"???
When I put the flour into the melted butter / caramelized onion mix, it turned instantly brown and clumpy. Not smooth. (and no amount of stirring was going to get it there)
Stir in potatoes, 1 qt. half-and-half, 3 cups milk, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. ground white pepper. Cook over low heat about 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
30 minutes later, the mixture was lukewarm at best.
I cranked the stove to get it almost boiling, then let the soup simmer a few minutes before serving.
I garnished mine with a Mexican cheese blend and black pepper. Matt cooked up some bacon to add to his / the kids'.
I can be directly quoted as saying, "I don't care if this is the best meal I have ever eaten, in my entire life. I will NEVER make it again."
It did in fact, taste delicious. It reminds me of Outback Steakhouse's potato soup (which I love)
However, it was an absolute nightmare to make.
Finish time? 7:55pm
If I want to spend two hours on potato soup, I will drive to Lancaster and order some cheese fries to go with it.