Friday, January 22, 2010

"German Potato Soup"

It is time to venture into a different country...Germany was calling for some attention as Mommy's maiden name is "Newmeyer"!  It turns out that I am the proud owner of the "Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook; Feasting with your Slow Cooker" by Dawn J. Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good.  In perusing its pages, I immediately went to the index to see if I found anything with the word "German" in it, and there it was..."German Potato Soup"!  It just so happens that outside was experiencing a torrential down-pour as I was searching,  so this title peaked my interest.

Glancing at the ingredients, it seemed very quick and simple.  I quickly removed the Crock Pot from the cupboard and went to the store for my ingredients.  The only time-consuming portion of this was cooking the bacon.  However, I fried it up and crumbled it into a little plastic sandwich bag, and put it in the fridge for the final 10 minutes of cooking this delicious soup.

German Potato Soup
1 onion, chopped
1 leek, trimmed and diced
2 carrots, diced
1 cup chopped cabbage
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
4 cups beef broth
1 lb. potatoes, diced
1 bay leaf
1-2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt, optional
1/2 tsp. caraway seeds, optional
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup sour cream

1.  Combine all ingredients except bacon and sour cream.
2.  Cover.  Cook on Low 8-10 hours, or High 4-5 hours.
3.  Remove bay leaf.  Use a slotted spoon to remove potatoes.  Mash potatoes and mix with sour cream.  Return to slow cooker.  Stir in.  Add bacon and mix together thoroughly.

Cost of this recipe:  $16.07
Contribution to Donations Jar:  $ 1.61

This is a delectable choice for a cold, rainy day, or even for an indoor sports get-together!  The guys will love it as it is primarily "meat and potatoes"!

Joe gave a huge thumbs-up for this one!  The kids didn't taste this, as they opted for hot dogs and applesauce.  That's sort of "German-like" isn't it??--could say that the dogs are in the Bratwurst family! 

I'll leave you with today's total in the "Donations" Jar:  $50.26!  It doesn't seem like much, but this is only day four of this project.  We WILL be contributing a great deal throughout the year, and I am hopeful that many mouths will be fed from our contributions.

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." --Mother Theresa

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