Friday, July 18, 2008

Sausage Potato Soup

This was one of those nights were I had a bunch of misc things in the fridge that needed to be used up so I created this soup. It was pretty good, the kids thought the sausage was too hot and next time want me to make it with bacon instead.

1 lb hot sausage
1/2 onion
3 celery ribs
4 cloves garlic chopped finely
a handful of baby carrots sliced thick
1/4 oil or grease
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half and half
2 cups milk
8 potatoes~I used gold fingerlings, but russet or reds would have been better
salt and pepper to taste
3 bay leaves

Brown sausage and then add the veggies to soften and slightly brown. My sausage was pretty lean so I kept the grease in it. If you want you can drain the grease and use oil instead. When the veggies are soft and the sausage is browned add the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the milk and/or half and half, potatoes, and bay leaves. Simmer for 1 hour stirring occasionally.

I served them with breadsticks

Easy Cheesy Breadsticks
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 T yeast
2 T sugar or honey
Mix together and let sit for 10 min til bubbly

3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 t salt
1/4 real grated parmesan cheese

Add the salt and cheese to yeast mixture. Add the flour 1/2 at a time until the dough has formed a ball.
Knead dough 10 times. Sprinkle cornmeal on your pan. Roll out on baking pan. I used my round stoneware.
Melt 1/4 butter, add 4 cloves garlic chopped. Pour butter mixture over the dough evenly. Sprinkle 1/4 dried parsley and more parmesan to taste on top.
Bake at 350 for 15-20.

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