Thursday, December 6, 2012

What Is In My Crockpot?

Confession:  I love Paula Deen.

What's not to love?  For starters, her accent is as sweet as Georgia peaches.  When I listen to her talk, I get a hankerin' for gravy and bona fide southern comfort food.  She is that delightful.

She's published fourteen cookbooks, has won an Emmy award, and owns a restaurant.  She is NOT afraid of butter and she knows how "to put her face on."  And don't even get me started on her hair!!  It is Aquanet perfection.  It is a magnificent silver coif that seems to defy Savannah humidity.  I'd love to spend an afternoon with Ms. Deen, talking hair products and pecan pie.

I've tried out several Paula Deen recipes, and I have to tell you they are real winners.  Lately, my FAVORITE recipe to prepare is her crock pot potato soup.  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  It's amazing, y'all!  (Oh, see?  I'm channeling Ms. Deen right now.)  It's been in my crock pot numerous times in the past month.  It's too good not to share!

My crock pot is cherry red, which warms my heart as much as Paula Deen's hair does!

Ingredients, y'all:
1 (30 oz) bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, the square ones--southern style
2 (14oz) cans of chicken broth
1 (10.75 oz) can of cream of chicken soup
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/3 tsp. ground black pepper
1 (8oz) package of cream cheese
Garnish:  minced green onion

Directions, y'all:
*Place frozen potatoes in a slow cooker.
*Pour broth and cream soup over the top of the potatoes.
*Add the onion and the pepper.
*Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
*Stir in cream cheese, thoroughly, until well combined and cook for 30 minutes.
(Mama Leisha note:  Here's what I do...I cook my soup for about four to four and a half hours, then add the cream cheese for the remaining half hour the soup is cooking.)
*Garnish with chopped green onion, if desired.

Our favorite thing to add to this soup is bacon!  When the soup is ready to DEVOUR, I garnish it with a sprinkling of chopped green onion and a sprinkling of bacon crumbles.  (You could add a sprinkling of cheddar cheese too.)  This soup is nice with a green salad and a crusty bread.

I made this yesterday.  I wish I had a photo of the finished product...but we ATE IT ALL before I could snap a pic.  So sorry!  You'll have to settle for this one instead:

Stayin' classy in my "no makeup, old hoodie, and...pearls??" look!
     
 Happy "Potato Soup Eating," my friends!

*Disclaimer:  This recipe is soooo not mine, it's Paula's!  Duh!

24 comments:

  1. This looks good. I'm adding it to my Evernote recipe keeper because presently I'm addicted to my crockpot, though mine is just a time-stained white and not fun red! ;) If you don't want to use cream of chicken soup, Pinterest has an easy replacement floating around out there. (The texture in the can has always kind of weirded me out!) I just saw it yesterday. :)

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    1. Hey Carrie B! So funny you mentioned the replacement recipe on Pinterest. I totally want to try it out! You are right, cream soups have a weird texture! Maybe the next time I make this yummy soup, I'll try it with a cream soup substitute. Try making this one, for sure! I think you'll like it. YUMMY!

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    2. Does anyone know the nutritional value of this soup?

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    3. This soup looks so delicious. I want to try it this week.. Can you tell me how many servings this recipe makes? Thanks very much.

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  2. Looks delicious - I love crock pot cooking and will try it out. Oh and Love the impromptu photo. hahahaha

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    1. Deb, this has nothing to do with soup or my weirdo, ugly picture.... I really think you need to consider running that carpool mom over! HA HA HA HA!!! You are a hoot! Thanks for popping by!

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  3. I have Paula Deen pans that I love, but I've never tried a recipe, lol. This looks like a good one.

    Visiting today from Sincerely Paula's No Rules Weekend Blog Party. :)

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    1. Ooooh, I've heard Paula Deen pans are fantastic! Sounds like you need to try a recipe, girl. DO IT! Try this one! It's yummy!

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  4. That looks delish! Thanks to you and Eat at home, I know what's going in my crockpot this week!
    Nice picture...the hoodie makes those pearls really pop!

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    1. JP! You and I need to get together and have a cook-a-thon. I will cook my soup, and you can cook your meat loaf! HA HA! And no crazy, weird, ugly pics...ha ha...I promise!

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  5. Your a cutie!! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :))

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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    1. PAULA!!!! THANK YOU! HA HA! Not sure I would call myself a "cutie" after that crazy pic. LOL! But thanks for making my day. I love your comments!

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  6. Yum!!! Now that I'm attempting to learn to cook, I will have to use this recipe sometime! It sounds perfect for this time of year!! That photo cracks me up! LOLOL!! You don't even look like you...you look like some kind of animal but I'm not sure which one yet. Hahaha!
    I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!! I love you!
    Xoxox
    Maria

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    1. DO it! Do it! Try out this super easy and delicious crock pot recipe. I think your tummy would love it. It's creamy and comforting and perfect for a chilly night! Try it and then tell me what you think of it. AND YOU'RE RIGHT...that pic does not look like me at all. I look like that weird little animal from Ice Age or something! HA HA! It makes me laugh every time I look at it. I LOVE YOU BUNCHES AND BUNCHES!

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  7. That looks so good! That picture cracks me up too. You are a doll!

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    1. HA HA! You are such a sweetheart to say I'm a doll...especially after THAT picture. It cracks me up too! It doesn't even look like me. I'm making a weird face that is SO creepy! HA HA! I'm sure people think I'm nuts for posting it, but oh well! LOL! I'm crazy!

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  8. Yum!!!! I just bought a crockpot this week and don't know where to start with it - going to give this one a try!

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    1. YAY!!! Give your crockpot a little initiation with this yummy recipe. It is so creamy and delicious--comfort food at it's finest! Try it and then let me know what you think! Thanks for commenting!

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  9. Was that what was in your crock pot the night I came to visit? I knew it smelled potatoey. Mmmmmm, I love anything with potatoes. And I'm crackin up at your picture. I love your no make up and pearls look.

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  10. Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/Clever-Chicks-Blog-Hop-12.html



    I hope you can make it!

    Cheers,

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

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  11. Hi there!!! I am Hanna and I found you through the blog hop!! I love making new friends and your blog is lovely. I am your newest follower:) Happy Holidays! You can find me over at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com
    xooxxo Hanna

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  12. This sounds delicious! I look forward to trying it soon. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday: http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2012/12/mix-it-up-monday_9.html :)

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  13. I HAD to comment on this one! I love Paula Deen for all her big hair and charm. Not that big a fan of butter, but I have to say, I appreciate how much Ms. Paula straight up owns every part of who she is! This recipe sounds yummy, and is just more proof that we're meant to be friends. Still would love to get together. xoxo Em

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  14. I made this yesterday and I only added a few steps. I used 3 cans of broth instead of 2. When the soup was done I used an immersion blender to make a nice creamy texture. While soup was cooking I baked 4 or 5 small potatoes and after cream cheese was added I diced up potatoes and added them into the soup! I ended up with a wonderful thick and creamy soup. I did add about a cup or 2 of milk. My daughter said this was as good or better than Panera's!! I served with bacon bits and cheddar cheese! Thanks for a great recipe!!

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