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!|
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
*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!