Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We enjoyed celebrating it at home with our children and grandchildren. Somehow we end up spending a lot of time in the kitchen together during the holidays so quick and easy food preparation is what interests me these days and it probably does you, too.
A few weeks ago my granddaughter Kathryn and I were out grocery shopping for ingredients for La Soup a’ Marie and she shared with me how much she liked a white soup she had when she was “at the rodeo that wasn’t really a rodeo” in Branson. Those were her words. Well, if you are like me and have some in your family with a more particular palate than others it may cause you to lean in a little closer to take a listen when they say they like something they ate. Especially if it’s not sugary or highly processed.
I figured out it was the Dixie Stampede dinner and show in Branson, Missouri she was talking about and I decided it was probably something worth looking into. Come to find out this dinner is served without an eating utensil and the famous soup is sipped from a cup. After a little investigating I came up with something quick and easy using some Zydeco Chop Chop and the Instant Pot, two of my favorite go-tos these days, but I’ll show you how it can be prepared if you don’t have these items on hand.
This soup was such a hit with my family last week that I thought you might like it too during these Christmas season preparations. Whether you are busy addressing Christmas cards, shopping, gift wrapping, attending Christmas programs and parties or just happen to get a chance to stay home one evening and want a comforting and easy to prepare bowl of soup, this one’s for you. Here it is:
3/4 cup butter
1 cup Zydeco Chop Chop
3/4 cup flour
2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
4 cups water
2 teaspoons sea salt
1/4 tesapoon cayenne pepper
1 cup potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
4 cups half and half
Turn on instant pot to saute’ setting. Melt butter in pot then add Chop Chop stirring for a minute or two.
Stir in flour and allow it to cook for another minute then add chicken broth, water, sea salt, pepper, potatoes and carrots. Place lid on securely and set pot to manual for 15 minutes on high pressure. When pot beeps to signify soup is cooked let off pressure then open lid. The soup tends to settle on the bottom so be sure and stir well then add half and half stirring to incorporate well. Remove half of soup to be blended with a blender or immersion blender until smooth.
Add blended soup back into pot and stir. Adjust seasoning and serve.
If your local grocer isn’t carrying Zydeco Chop Chop, yet go to https://a.pgtb.me/9jDGVz for information on where to find it. Or you may use fresh chopped vegetables such as onions, garlic, red and green bell pepper, celery and parsley (at least 2 cups of this combination) and add them to the melted butter and cook for a few minutes then proceed with the rest of the recipe instructions.
You can even cook this on the stove top in a soup pot if you don’t have an Instant Pot. Saute Zydeco Chop Chop in the melted butter for 2 minutes or if you are using fresh vegetables instead saute them for about 5 minutes. Proceed with the rest of the recipe ingredients. Just simmer soup until potatoes and carrots are tender. Then finish as recipe says.
If you don’t have one of those popular electric pressure cookers like the Instant Pot you may consider asking for one this Christmas. After all, you know there’s always room on Santa’s slay for one more gift!
Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship – a different kind of “sacrifice” – that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets. Hebrews 13:16 The Message Bible