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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. Therefore, 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. Especially if it’s not sugary or highly processed.
I figured out it was the Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show in Branson, Missouri that she was talking about. So 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-to’s these days. Even if you don’t have these items on hand, I’ll show you how it can be prepared.
This creamed potato and carrot soup was such a hit with my family last week that I thought you might like it too during these Christmas season preparations. You may be in the thick of busy-ness like addressing Christmas cards, shopping, gift wrapping, attending Christmas programs and parties. Or you just happen to be home one evening and want a comforting and easy to prepare a bowl of soup, this one is for you. Here it is:
Click on this highlighted Zydeco Chop Chop to order the dehydrated Cajun season base of onions, celery, garlic, peppers, and parsley blend if you can’t find it in a store near you. Or you may use fresh chopped vegetables (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 creamed potato and carrot soup 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 the recipe says.
3/4 cups salted butter
1 cup Zydeco Chop Chop
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
4 cups water
2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 cup carrots, sliced
4 cups half & half
Turn on Instant Pot to saute’ setting and add butter, melt the butter then add Chop Chop sitrring for a minute or two.
Stir flour into butter mixture and cook 1 minute.
Pour the chicken broth in along with the water, salt, pepper, potatoes, and carrots.
Stir together, place lid securely on the pot, press manual button, and set for 15 minutes at high pressure.
After the soup is finished cooking let the pressure release naturally or turn pressure valve to release pressure.
Open lid and stir the cream into the soup.
Take half of the soup out of the Instant Pot and blend it in a blender or with an emersion blender in a bowl.
Return blended soup back in with the rest of the soup and stir, mixing together.
Adjust seasoning and serve hot.
Melt butter in a large soup pot. Add Chop Chop and stir for a minute or two. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Pour in chicken broth, water, salt, pepper, potatoes, and carrots.
Cook until potatoes and carrots are tender.
Take half of the soup out of the pot and blend in a blender until smooth or pour into a bowl and blend until smooth with an emersion blender.
Return blended half back into the pot and stir, mixing together.
Adust seasoning and serve hot.
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