I’m a big potato fan, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to making this Loaded Baked Potato Soup! I’ve ordered this kind of soup many times at restaurants and each time I did I thought, “I really need to make this myself!” So here it is, finally! It turned out as good as I hoped it would and if you’re a potato lover, I think you’ll enjoy it! It’s like a “comfort food soup” and it’s especially good on a cold day!Continue reading
With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I thought it would be the perfect time to make some Irish Stew. I don’t make stew very often, but I love a bowl of good, thick, chunky stew, and that’s exactly what this is! You might be wondering where those chunks of stew meat are–well, I improvised a little and used ground beef instead, since that’s what I had on hand. But you can use either–ground beef or chunks of beef. There are plenty of other chunky ingredients in this recipe too–onions, potatoes, and carrots. And it’s seasoned with a little dried thyme and basil. Comfort food in a bowl–that’s what this is!
IRISH STEW by NancyC, adapted from Midwest Living Makes 6 servings
- 1 pound boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 3/4″ pieces, or 1 pound ground beef
- 4 cups beef broth
- 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 4 medium potatoes (1 1/2 lbs.), peeled and cut into bite-size chunks (about 4 1/2 cups)
- 3 cups sliced carrots (about 6 medium, sliced 1/2″ thick)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, plus a little more for garnish if desired
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/4 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine beef, beef broth, onions, and pepper. bring to boiling, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Skim off the fat. Add the potatoes, carrots, thyme, and basil. Bring to boiling, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes more or until vegetables are tender. Stir the cold water and flour together, blending well. Stir this mixture into the stew and cook and stir until stew is thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with additional dried thyme, if desired, and serve.
If St. Patrick’s Day will be chilly where you live, this would be the perfect thing to make to warm everyone up! Are you planning on making any special Irish dishes that day?
One day at work, Matt was telling me about a great dinner his wife Kris had made. He described all the good, healthy things that were in this dish…red potatoes, sweet potatoes, bell pepper, onion, turkey sausage…it really sounded good! He and Kris gave me the recipe, and it took me awhile to get around to making it, but I loved it!Continue reading
I had some extra salsa after making Salsa Roll-Ups, so I decided to look for another recipe using salsa, and found these Easy Cheesy Salsa Potatoes from the Pillsbury website. I made a few simple changes, using green onion instead of regular onion, shredded Fiesta/Mexican blend cheese instead of cheddar, and a little more bread crumbs in my topping to make it more crumbly. If you don’t have bread crumbs, you could substitute crushed corn flakes or crushed French Fried Onions. Continue reading