Whatato Soup

Potatoes + whatever = whatato? Potever? It’s a soup, it’s thick, and you can add pretty much anything to it and the result will be delicious. Call it what you want.

Potatoes usually stay in the vegetable bin of my fridge for eight or more months at a time, beginning around Hannukah with intentions of latke-making and ending mid-summer when they’ve grown enough eyes to be mistaken for a scrapped Lovecraft deity. After considering their versatility, I bought a bag last week with the intention of distancing myself from the rash of sugar-centric recipes this week seems to have yielded.

Whatato Soup (makes 1 pint/2 servings)

2 cups of potato (peeled & cubed)

1/4 cup (10 tubs) creamer (half&half or non-dairy… either would be fine)

1-2 tablespoons of flour

  • In a large pot, submerge potatoes in water with about 2″ of extra water on top
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow the potatoes to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until they are tender (mashable with a fork)
  • When the potatoes are tender, pour  off 2/3-3/4 of the water
  • Stir in creamer and allow a few minutes for thickening
  • If you’d like a thicker soup, add 1 tablespoon of flour. Repeat if it’s still too thin for your taste

If you prefer a thick porridge, use a fork to smoosh ‘dem taters like it’s your job and keep stirring. If you like a chowder-y soup experience, just mash up a few of the tater chunks to get some density going.

The soup itself is mild, dare I say flavorless. My first batch got 2 pats of butter (about 1 tablespoon) and 2 tubs (3 oz.) of ranch dressing… don’t knock it ’till you try it. Meat, sautéed veggies, or a number of packeted condiments (bbq sauce would be great with some bacon chunks) make this soup taste too good to have come from liberated coffee bar fodder. I will be very disappointed if you use only salt and pepper as seasoning, and you probably will be too.

Yep, it looks like thinned mashed potatoes… because that’s pretty much what it is.

That’s it for this week  folks. I’m off to blow one of the last weekends of my twenties on hasty travel plans that will involve either mud and glowsticks or cheap beer and  people dressed up as monsters. Have a great weekend.

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