Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Swiss Ham and Potato Soup

Well we were in the deep freeze last week and we fixed several soups this is one that turned out good. For us here in the south to get down to 15 at night with the wind blowing is not very common and looking at the news of other areas I just can not imagine living in an area with the temp below 0. So I hope every one was warm. we were worried for outside cats we rescued and feed so the wife got up several times in the night to turn on the dryer so they would get some warm air for a while. The vent blower was under the house.
2 med potatoes peeled and diced. (we used red potatoes.)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1/2 yellow onion or one small
2 to 3 cups milk
4 slices Swiss cheese
2 cups cooked ham
salt and pepper to taste
can add garlic
and we used crumbled bacon for garnish
Cook diced potatoes when tender drain and save liquid. and set aside
in separate pan saute onion and garlic and set aside.
In large sauce pan add flour to butter till incorporated keep stirring to golden brown (this is known as a roux)
Now add 2 cups of milk and 1 cup potato liquid and whisk until smooth and no lumps
Bring to a boil .
Add ham,cooked onion and Swiss cheese stir till cheese is melted
Add salt and pepper
if soup is too thick can add the other cup of milk.
garnish with bacon.
Be sure too have some bread to go with it. Ummm Good.
Have posted this before.

1 comment:

Deanna said...

Turning on the dryer vent was a smart idea! Our neighbors have cats that they do not take very good care of. I try to put out boxes with blankets for them, but I didn't think about putting it next to our dryer vent to provide more warm air. My Daddy always put a light bulb in cardboard boxes to provide some warmth.

This soup sounds wonderful. We have been eating a lot of soup too!