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All the flavor of a restaurant-style loaded baked potato that’s lighter on the calories but not the taste.
Scrub potatoes under running water and pat dry. Poke several holes in the potatoes with a fork to vent steam. If you are using the microwave to bake the potatoes, use the “potato” button on your microwave (one large potato takes about 7-8 minutes to cook in the microwave). If doing all potatoes at once, increase the cooking time to 13-15 minutes and be sure to test for doneness. Potatoes can also be baked in a 400ºF oven for about 1 hour, if preferred. Remove the potatoes and set aside to let them cool.
Sauté onion, celery and garlic in 1 tablespoon of the butter until soft. Set aside. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup and level off with a knife. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a large Dutch oven and add the flour to create a roux. Let flour cook for about 30 seconds, then gradually add the milk and broth while constantly stirring with a whisk. Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until thick and bubbly, about 8 minutes.
Add potatoes, cheese, salt, and pepper to the milk mixture, stirring until the cheese melts. Add the sautéed onion, garlic and celery. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream and half the bacon bits. Return to low heat and continue cooking for about 10 minutes or until heated through.
Garnish each serving with more cheese, sour cream, and remaining bacon.
I have been trying to make beer cheese soup successfully for years and I think it was the addition of butternut squash that sealed the deal. It not only helps with the flavor, but also the consistency. The recipe also calls for one of my favorite beers; Great Lakes Brewery’s Edmond Fitzgerald Porter. Add to that two types of cheddar and Gouda cheese and you’ve got a winner!
When the nip in the air becomes a definite chill then it’s time. It’s time for soup. There is no more comforting or sustaining a soup than Baked Potato Soup with Sausage and Roasted Peppers. When there is a fire crackling in the fireplace and this soup is on the table, all is well in our world regardless of what is going on outside.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!