A post from Whitney today…grab your spoons, you’re going to want a bite!
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If you’ve read any of my guest posts on RefreshHer, you know I’m not a fan of paying a lot of money for groceries. Recently I’ve found great deals on smoked sausage – pairing a coupon with a sale, I can get a pound for about a dollar. When ground beef is $3 per pound, I’m suddenly in love with smoked sausage! =) I found a recipe on pinterest* that inspired me, but I am sharing my version with you today. Stick around for the end of the post, because I have dessert ready for you too!
*The original recipe is a very easy crock pot recipe, but I haven’t had great success leaving potatoes in the crock pot during an eight hour work day. Let me know if you try the crock pot version and it works for you! I just love roasted potatoes in soup. If you like O’Charley’s potato soup, you’ll like roasted potatoes in your soup too. =)
Ok. Let’s get cookin!
Potato Sausage Chowder
1 Medium Onion, Chopped
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
32 Oz.Chicken Broth
6 Medium Potatoes, Diced
1 (16 Oz.) Fully Cooked Sausage (Smoked or Kielbasa), sliced into bite sized pieces
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
8 Oz. Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup Half and Half
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel potatoes (if you want, I like to leave the skin on!) and chop into bite sized pieces. Drizzle olive oil on your baking sheet and spread it around with a pastry brush (or a paper towel works too). Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until tender, about 35 minutes. The potatoes should be “just” done and lightly browned, they will cook a little more in the soup.
2. While the potatoes are baking, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil or butter to a large pot. Cook the onions at medium high heat 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium. Pour in the chicken broth and stir. Season the chicken broth with salt, pepper and the thyme.
3. Add the half and half, simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cheese and simmer until it is melted.
4. Carefully add the sausage and potatoes. (If you dump them all in at once, it makes a splashy mess on the stove. Don’t ask how I know. Ahem)
Every so often I get a hankerin’ for chocolate cream pie. Don’t tell my mom, but I’m not good at making pie crusts, so sometimes I just skip the crust and make the filling.
Chocolate Cream Pie (without the pie crust)
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat until fluffy.
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
Dash of Cinnamon
Beat in a cold mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Serve in lovely parfait glasses from your Nana (if you have a sweet Nana who gives great gifts like lovely parfait dishes). =)
Thanks for reading!