Creamy Potato Soup With Fried Shallots

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Earlier this year Dario and I were having lunch at our all time favorite winery and decided to split a bowl of their creamy potato soup.  It sounded quite decadent, so we decided to share the bowl.  Except…when we got it, it was so gosh darn delicious, we ordered a second bowl!  (So much for watching our calories!)  It was one of the most wonderfully flavorful soups I’ve ever had!

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creamy potato soup, loaded potato soup, healthy potato soup, vegetarian soup Ever since that lunch, Dario and I have been talking and talking about that potato soup!  Lucky for me, I recently discovered a unique online produce distributor, Melissa’s Produce – they have tons of unique produce like baby coconuts, plus a ton of great fall and winter veggies.   I of course jumped at the chance to try something from their site!  I went with some Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes – such a creamy texture – that I knew would be perfect type of potato for my soon to be developed Creamy Potato Soup!  I also got a few Carnival Squash (recipe to come soon!).

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First of all, I think this Creamy Potato Soup With Fried Shallots is one of the best soups I’ve ever made.  And I highly believe it has to do with the silky, creamy texture of those little dutch potatoes (which I’m happy to say, came within 2 days! Super quick service!).  It’s unreal!  And obviously, the fried shallots and piled on cheddar cheese helps a bit :).  Crunchy, cheesy, creamy and rich, this soup was a deliciously filling meal.

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creamy potato soup, loaded potato soup, healthy potato soup, vegetarian soup Head on over to Melissa’s.com for some great produce deals!  They have a ton of unique fruits and vegetables in addition to the standards.  And if you get anything…get these little potatoes!  And make this soup!  You’ll be happily surprised how amazing it turns out!

Creamy Potato Soup With Fried Shallots:
Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs Baby dutch yellow potatoes, diced (find them here on Melissas.com)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 shallots, 2 minced + 2 thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 4-5 tbsp flour
  • 3 thyme springs
  • 1 sage sprig
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 1/2-2 cups half and half
  • 4 oz light sour cream
  • 1/4 oz chives, minced (reserve some for sprinkling on final bowls)

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil and butterover medium high heat in a large soup pot.  Saute onions and minced shallots for 7-10 minutes or until beginning to turn translucent. Add garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
  2. Add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until combined and forms a thick paste in the bottom of the pot.  While whisking, add stock and milk.  Whisk vigorously until flour mixture has dissolved and liquid has thickened slightly.  Add thyme, sage and potatoes.  Bring to a gentle simmer.  Reduce heat to low, cover and cook potatoes for about 20-25 minutes or until fork tender.
  3. Remove about 4 cups of the potatoes (draining liquid) and set aside.  Mash reserved potatoes slightly with a fork – this will give the soup some consistency instead of being completely smooth.
  4. Remove sage and thyme springs and discard.  Using an immersion blender or stand blender, process the remaining soup until desired consistency.  I left mine with a few pieces of onion and potato whole for texture.
  5. Stir in reserved potatoes, half and half, sour cream and chives. Stir to combine.  Taste and adjust for seasonings.  If soup is too thick add in additional half and half or sour cream until you reach your desired consistency.
  6. While soup simmers, toss sliced shallots with about 1 tbsp of flour.  Fill the pot with about 1/2″ of canola oil and heat over high heat.  Add flour coated shallots and fry for about 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.  Allow to drain on paper towels.  Sprinkle with salt and add on top of served soup!

The ingredients in this post were provided from Melissa’s Produce.  Recipe created and developed by BeanAFoodie.  I do not receive any kickbacks from featuring Melissa’s Produce in this post – just get to cook with great produce!

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