Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jalapeno Potato Soup

This potato soup totally rocks! We enjoyed this delightful soup while we were on our 2 week Caribbean cruise. This was hands down one of our most favorite meals on the cruise ship and this recipe is straight from the Chef~~~

2 1/2 lbs Potatoes (about 5 potatoes) peeled and chopped
2 Tbsp Margarine
1/2 cup Chopped Onion
4 cups Chicken Broth (99% fat free)
1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
2 Tbsp Chopped Jalapeno Peppers
2 cups Evaporated Milk (nonfat)
1 1/2 Tbsp Salt
2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
pinch of Baking Soda

Melt the margarine in large pot and saute chopped onions on medium heat. Once the onions have turned clear, add the potatoes, chicken broth, and cumin. Stir and bring to a boil. Then cover, reduce heat to medium, and allow the potatoes to cook until they soften enough to eat (about 20 minutes). After the potatoes have cooked, remove the pot from the heat and add the chopped jalapenos, a pinch of baking soda, and the evaporated milk.

Mash the potatoes with a potato masher (or a large fork if you don't have a potato masher) while they're still in the pot.
Stir thoroughly and add the salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring often.
2 Tbsp of canned jalapenos is spicy, so adjust more or less to your taste. I preferred to use fresh jalapenos and ended up adding 2 small peppers. Obviously, it will depend upon how spicy hot the peppers are - so add a little and increase as needed until you get it to suit your taste. The soup should have just a little bite to it.
After adding the jalapenos and simmering for a few minutes, I placed a small amount of the soup in a blender and pureed it, then added it back to the soup. This seemed to produce a nice creamy but thick soup - very similar to what we had on the cruise ship.
Add some fresh crusty bread (I made some in my bread machine) - and you are all set! If you make this soup, please come back here and leave a comment. I would love to know your thoughts on what we all thought was a fabulous soup!

Some updates from me~~~~
I am working on the baby shower pictures and can't wait to show them to you - (but I know you don't want to see them all!) - so soon I will be ready to share those with you.
After that I will be sharing our Caribbean vacation pictures with you - am still working on those also.
Coming up VERY soon - pictures of that little blue cabled baby blanket - wait till you see what I did with that (thanks to all the wonderful suggestions from my new friends!)
AND be sure to be here on April 1 for a fun little posting (hint - think beautiful spring flowers and LOTS and LOTS of yarn!)
AND because SPRING is finally here - we will be celebrating with a lovely little give away - something very "springlike" from Vera Bradley! So be sure to stop by here on April 1!



T's Daily Treasures said...

My favorite meals are a delicious homemade soup with some nice crusty bread! Yummo! I will definitely be giving this a try. Look forward to all the beautiful things you will share -- especially crocheted/knitted items. Have a terrific Thursday. Blessings, Tammy

Dorthe said...

Dear Vicki ,your potato soup, is yummy I`m sure, from reading the recipi, uhhmmm- thanks for giving it,
and then another giveaway ,oh my you are so sweet a lady, dear.
Hope the sun shines on you today.
Hugs, Dorthe

Lululiz said...

I am a huge fan of soups and that recipe sounds every so easy and delicious. I'll report back when I have made some.

sjmcdowell said...

Hello Vicki,

Thank you for posting this wonderful potatoe soup recipe, do you think that I could add a leek to the soup instead of the jalapenas!! I always buy a basket of fresh veggies once a week and it is a grab bag full of surprises and this time they included leek. I had potatoe leek soup in England when I lived there but never had a proper recipe for it. What do you think?
Hugs, Susan

Jo said...

The soup looks yummy - but with the peppers I assume it is hot - I don't like "hot" so I think it would still be OK without peppers? I make a chicken, pototo and sweetcorn soup that is a big favourite in my house. It is such a filling soup for winter with crusty bread.

Can't wait to see your holiday photos.

The Garden Bell said...

Yum. Going to save this one for when I get back home to chillie Chicago next week.

Your storybook blanket is perfectly charming what a fab idea. It totally rocks.

Weekend Hugs and Sending you a ray of Sun,

myriamkreativ said...

Oh Vicki,
I will definitely try this one sounds - slurp delicious... I love soups. And I really like your new header, but I am missing your last one lol.
Wish you an enjoyable weekend Hugs Myriam

Anonymous said...

Fabulous and amazing do not ever touch the talent our Lord has given you. I am blessed to be your friend. Jan

LISA said...

Dear Vicki,
Thanks for sharing the soup recipe! I am looking forward to trying it:) I have enjoyed the changes to your Blog! Please enter me in the new contest.
Thanks for sharing,