So I got a craving.
Growing up we did not have a lot of extra money.
We were clean and fed enough but there were times that Mom and Dad were worried.
One of the meals that I can remember from these times is Potato Soup.
Mom would peel and cut potatoes, with me stealing and eating chunks of the raw potato.
Potatoes, milk, a bit of butter and as I grew up bits of onion. Real simple fare.
Yet in over 20 years I did not try to make my own. Not sure why but I have been resisting making my mom's recipes.
So, I came home Monday night hungry for Potato soup.
Hooters has a good version.
Lone Star steak house has a good one.
Campbells soup is not too bad.
But most of them are "creamy", include cheese or other items that fill it out but take it far away from simple fare.
And all of them are closed at 2am.
No potato soup for me.
That mean I needed to start digging.
Opening my freezer I found a package of Ore-Ida Steam-n-Mash potato chunks.
Originally made for mashed potatoes I realized that they were just chunks of potatoes in a bag to heat in the microwave.
They had been in the freezer for quite a while but were still under the expiration date.
They called for microwaving for 8min with 2 min cooking in the bag after. then mixing and mashing.
Inspiration hit. Microwaving for 6 minutes the potatoes were semi-soft in the bag.
Dumping them into the pan, I added milk and started heating it.
Stirring it to keep it evenly heating I got the milk hot and pulled it from the stove.
putting some in a bowl with diced onions, shallots and some butter. I pigged out.
The potatoes package says that after it is mashed there 'should' be enough for 7 servings.
This made one serving albeit a HUGE serving. I kept eating as I was not quite sure how to keep and reheat it. :-)
Very good but simple meal. Thanks Mom.
Maybe one of these days I will break down and cook her roast beef and noodles.
Closest recipe I could find on the net was
They dump part of the water used to boil the potatoes out and replace it with milk.