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mashed potatoes w/ cream aka potato soup
A thick comforting potato soup with a savory edge from bacon and smoked salmon - what else do you need when temperatures drop to freezing?
Prep Time30 mins
ingredients:
  • 500 g floury potatoes
  • 500 ml beef stock
  • 150 ml cream
  • 1 tsp dried majoram
  • 3 - 4 shallots about 100 g
  • 1 - 2 cloves of garlic
  • 30 g South-Tyrolean bacon
  • 1 bay leave
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 50 g smoked salmon
  • 1 - 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste
equipment:
  • a handheld blender
how to:
  • Clean & peel the potatoes & cut them into small pieces.
  • In a pot bring potatoes & beef stock to a boil.
  • Add the dried marjoram.
  • Let it simmer for about 15 min; the potatoes should be very, very soft!
  • In the meantime chop the shallots & the bacon.
  • Press the garlic.
  • Fry shallots, bacon, garlic w/ the bay leave in olive oil until soft resp. a little crispy (about 10 min).
  • Chop the smoked salmon.
  • Chop the fresh parsley.
  • Discard the bay leave.
  • Add the fried mess to the pot w/ the cooked potatoes in the beef stock.
  • Take your handheld blender & blend the mess. Careful: it gets very sticky!
  • Add the cream in steps & mix well w7 a spoon until the soup has the thickness & smoothness you like. Careful: it likes to bubble spontaneously!
  • Add salt & pepper to taste. (I like a lot of pepper!)
  • Distribute the soup evenly over 2 big bowls or 4 small bowls.
  • Sprinkle the fresh parsley over the soup.
  • Add the chopped smoked salmon on top.
  • Serve immediately.
Notes
Prep Time: It’s the preparation as well as the cooking.
Potatoes: Make sure to use floury potatoes only! The soup needs their creaminess.
Beef stock: I used homemade beef stock (made from beef w/ carrots, leek, celery, parsley, bay leaved, pepper corns for making soup). You may also buy ready-to-use beef stock at your trusted food store. Alternatively you may use chicken stock.
Shallots: I happened to have some shallots in my pantry. You may also use spring onions or any other onions.
Smoked salmon: You may stir in the smoked salmon before serving when the soup is still in the pot.
It’s 2 big bowls of potato soup for dinner when you don’t plan to serve anything else except some crispy bread. You’ll get 4 small bowls of potato soup if you plan to serve the soup as a starter. (It’s a rather big & filling starter!)
The soup is fine in the fridge for at least 1 day. Reheat in the microwave.
Sorry: no experience w/ freezing.