Wednesday, October 26, 2011

For the record...

Everyone LOVED dinner tonight! Usually there's one person (usually L) who is not happy about at least one part of dinner. Tonight: no complaints AT ALL and plenty of asking for seconds! YES! (fist pumping). That was awesome.

So I don't forget it, it was super easy. We had potato soup (T helped to make it - she's made it by herself before, it's a really easy recipe), rolls, and a green salad. Last time I made potato soup it was a hit except for D - and this time he loved it!

If you want the recipe - it's nothing fancy, but I've tweaked it some - here it is. It makes quite a bit, we'll have enough for another meal at least. Easily halved.

Potato Soup (easily made dairy-free, too)
6-7 med. to large potatoes, washed, peeled,* and diced
3T dried onion flakes**
1T dried parsley
1T kosher salt
4T butter
1 can coconut milk
a few grinds black pepper
2 Qts (8cups) water

Bring water to a boil (I forgot to do this first, and just dumped everything in first - still worked), THEN add potatoes, onions, parsley, salt, and pepper. Cover and lower temp - cook until potatoes are done - about 45 min.

Mash potatoes with a hand masher. Stir in butter and coconut milk. Simmer 15 min. uncovered - don't boil. It will thicken up some as it cools. We add some grated cheese to the bowls, and some people like diced ham thrown in as well. It doesn't taste like coconut in these proportions, but when I've halved the recipe I must have used more than 1/2 a can, as it did some - but still yummy. The original recipe called for some evaporated milk.

* I peeled about 1/2 of them. You don't have to peel any of them, really.

** Onion flakes are not my fave to cook with, but it makes this recipe REALLY easy. You could use fresh onion, but I would saute it first probably?