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Recipe #22: Crock Pot Potato Soup

I found myself at home on a weekday last week, so I figured that that would be a good day to try this slow cooker recipe. You see, I have a problem… and I’m working on it… but I just can’t bring myself to use a slow cooker when I’m not home. There is just something about leaving something to cook while I’m not home that bothers me. Since I was home and this recipe needed only a handful of ingredients, all of which were on hand, it seemed like a good time to try it. This recipe is attributed to Paula Deen, and I love potato soup, so I was looking forward to it…

Crock Pot Potato Soup

1 (30 oz.) bag frozen hash-brown potatoes
2 cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2c chopped onion
1/3 tsp. ground black pepper
1 (8oz) package cream cheese (softened)
Embracing the beauty of a slow cooker, you throw everything into the pot (except the cream cheese) and cook on low for 5 hours…Then, 5 hours later, throw in your cream cheese and cook for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Now, while making this recipe, I was thinking ahead to this blog post. I was originally going to make a joke about for being a Paula Deen recipe it wasn’t bad! Potato…chicken broth…onion…not a stick of butter in sight! Until you got to the solid block of cream cheese…. but that was before, while I was making it… Now that I have tasted it, it’s not so funny anymore.
Do not make this. First of all, the texture was awful. It even looked awful. Okay, easy enough to fix. Use my wonderful Stick Blender my in-laws got me for Christmas last year (I seriously LOVE this thing, it’s in my top 10 must haves for a kitchen now) and blended it until it was creamy. Okay, that dealt with that.
Then I tasted it… and it tasted like nothing with a hint of paste… more salt? Nope, that didn’t fix it… some herbs maybe? Helped, but not really. Matt said he didn’t think it was “that bad”, not great, but not horrible. I’m sorry, I couldn’t eat it. Even cheese, bacon, and bread didn’t help.
Don’t make this. I don’t know if it was the frozen potatoes vs. fresh or what I might have done wrong. This one was a lost cause though. I have another potato soup recipe set aside that will hopefully make up for this one…

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