Fall Favorite: Potato Soup & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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There are probably 1 million ways to make potato soup, but this is my favorite way to make it. I usually have all these ingredients on hand, so it's easy to throw together in a pinch... Like tonight when I realized I forgot to take something out of the freezer for dinner. Ha! : ) Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 lbs of russet potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar soup
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

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Heat the oil in a large pot on medium and add the bacon. I cut mine up with kitchen scissors before I cook it, but you can cook it whole and chop it after. Whichever you prefer. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and allow to drain on a paper towel.

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Add the onion and cook for 1-2 minutes and allow to soften. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.

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Add the potatoes and toss to mix with the onions, garlic and bacon grease. Salt well and allow to cook in the pot for about 10 minutes so the potatoes can absorb the flavors.

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Pour in the broth and the water. Add more salt if necessary. Bring to a boil and allow to cook for 6-8 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender. Cover and lower the heat to a simmer for 30 minutes.

***If you prefer your potato soup to have chunks of potato in it, use a slotted spoon and remove 2-3 cups of the potatoes. If you prefer your soup to be completely blended, skip this step.

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Add the milk, sour cream and cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and the ingredients are combined. Then, using an immersion blender, blend the soup until the potatoes are completely combined. (If you don't have an immersion blender, you can pour the soup into a regular blender, but be very careful as the soup can *explode* out of the blender if it's too full.)

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***If you removed the potatoes earlier, mix them back in at this point.

Stir well, adding salt and pepper to taste.

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I love a good grilled cheese. I think grilled cheese and potato soup are kind of a match made in Heaven. Any soup really...

Plus, I have totally perfected my recipe, complete with a secret ingredient. Maybe one day I'll share it on here... Maybe : )

Sweet and Spicy BBQ Chicken

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Tonight was one of those nights when I had a pack of chicken, but no plans for what to do with it... I had been running errands literally all day, so when I got home I wanted something easy and delicious for dinner. So, I came up with a "semi-homemade" recipe which is perfect for a quick, weeknight meal!

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I used 2 pounds of chicken breast tenderloins, but this recipe works great with boneless pork chops too!

Mix 1 can of diced tomatoes, 6 TBS of your favorite BBQ sauce, 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce, 1-2 TBS hot sauce, and 2 TBS brown sugar.

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Place the chicken in your pan, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Pour the BBQ sauce mixture on top. Bake at 350 for 30-minutes, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through and the sauce is starting to bubble on the edges.

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This step is optional... I remove the chicken from the pan, and use an immersion blender to blend the tomatoes into the sauce. You could also blend this in a blender or food processor. I leave the tomatoes a little more in tact, but you could blend them all the way if you prefer. Using crushed tomatoes in place of the diced would also work!

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Place the chicken back in with the sauce and spoon on top of the chicken.

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I have made this recipe for years, and it is so delicious every time. I served mine with sweet potato chips and some left over Taco Salad.

Using this Recipe on the Grill:

You could use this recipe with grilled (rather than baked) chicken, too! What I have done in the past is mix the sauce ingredients in a small pot, bring the mixture to a boil, and then simmer for 30 minutes... Then blend.

You can baste the chicken with the sauce before and after grilling, or just pour it on top after you've finished grilling! I absolutely love this easy sauce, which just makes bottled sauce a little bit more {special} : )