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Hey there, foodies! Stephanie Manley here from CopyKat.com with a mouthwatering recipe that will warm your soul – El Reno Ok’s Creamy Potato Soup. Trust me, this soup is beyond amazing. So, let’s dive right in and see what magic is in store for us.
Gather the Ingredients
To create this comforting dish, you’ll need:
- 3 pounds of red potatoes, scrubbed and diced
- A little flour and butter to make a roux
- Half a pound of crispy bacon, for that irresistible crunch
- Cheddar cheese and Velveeta, one pound total, for maximum cheesiness
- A dash of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, to add some zing
- Chives, garlic, and pepper to enhance the flavors
- Half and half to create that creamy texture
Prepare the Potatoes and Bacon
First, let’s dice those red potatoes. No need to peel them, just give them a good scrub. Once diced, place them in a large pot, cover with water, and add a teaspoon of salt. Cook them on medium-high heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, until they’re mostly done.
While the potatoes cook, let’s get that bacon sizzling. Cook it until it’s nice and crispy, then remove it from the pan. Leave about a tablespoon of bacon renderings in the pan for added flavor.
Create the Base
Now, it’s time for the base of our soup. In the same pan, melt the butter and add the flour to make a roux. Let it cook for a minute or so until it becomes fragrant, like a pie crust.
Bring It All Together
Once the roux is ready, it’s time to add the half and half. Start with a cup and let it thicken up before adding more. Head over to CopyKat.com for the exact measurements and detailed recipe.
Now, it’s time for the star of the show – the cheese! Add the Velveeta and let it melt into the creamy goodness. Give it a stir, and as the cheese melts, add in the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, a sprinkle of black pepper, and a touch of garlic powder. These flavors will take your soup to another level.
Finally, it’s time to reunite the potatoes with the cheesy base. Add them to the pot and let everything simmer for another 20 to 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to blend harmoniously.
Serve and Enjoy
Now that the soup is ready, it’s time to indulge in its comforting warmth. Ladle a generous portion into bowls, and if you want to take it to the next level, garnish with a sprinkle of cheese and bacon. Trust me, it’s worth it.
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Thanks for joining me in the kitchen today. Stay cozy and enjoy this delectable potato soup!