Sunday, September 16, 2012

Olive Garden Potato Soup



Imagine, if you will, it's Fall, and your family is having a pot luck, where everyone is to bring a dish.  Now, picture finding a soup loaded with sausage, potatoes, and bacon on the buffet table.  That is where I found this dish almost two years ago and after getting a copy of the recipe from my sister-in-law I've never looked back.  It's so yummy, and is guaranteed to warm you up on a cool day.  Plus, you can make it either as a crock pot, (just cook the sausage before adding it to the pot), or as an on the stove top dish.  I'll give you the big buffet pleaser recipe first, then the crock pot recipe.  Unless you have a ginormous mammoth sized crock pot (which I don't), you'll want to use smaller quantities.



Olive Garden Potato Soup




Ingredients:



  • 2 lbs Italian sausage 
  • 4 large potatoes, cubed or sliced thin
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 14-16 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 4 cups chopped curly kale



Instructions:



  • Cook and crumble sausage and bacon, drain, and set aside.
  • In a small amount of oil cook onion, add garlic and potatoes, saute.
  • Place in a large pot, add water and broth, cook on medium till potatoes are tender
  • Add sausage, bacon, salt and pepper to taste, cook for 10 minutes
  • Add cream and kale, cook another 10 minutes









Crock Pot Olive Garden Potato Soup:




Ingredients:




  • 1 lb Italian sausage, cooked 
  • 4 large potatoes, cubed or sliced thin
  • 1 large onions, chopped
  • 6-10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 3-4 cups chopped curly kale(up to you)




Instructions:


  • Combine the first 6 ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low 6-8 hours, high 3-5 hours.
  • About 30-45 minutes before time, add the kale and evaporated milk.



Enjoy the soup! It's wonderful!


Source: My sister-in-law Matilda at a family get together =)

Buttermilk Pie


For weeks and weeks my sister has been reminding me not to forget about making a buttermilk pie for her.  When my sister called Friday about visiting on Sunday I made sure to do all the baking on Saturday.  And yep, I made her that buttermilk pie.  I'd never made one before and didn't know what to expect.  And I have to say WOW!  This pie is so good it makes me wonder why I'd never wanted to make it before.  Don't let the word buttermilk fool you.  It is so sweet and creamy, I couldn't tell it was even in there.  Later in the day I made a second buttermilk pie because the other one disappeared so fast and it turned out just as wonderful.  It's a really fast pie to make.  The longest part is waiting for it to come out of the oven.




Buttermilk Pie

Prep time: 20 minutes 
Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes 
Servings: 8



  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I used old fashioned Bulgarian Hiland Buttermilk)
  • 1 deep dish pie shell (either your own recipe or store bought)


Instructions:


  • Preheat oven to 400 F degrees
  • Beat the butter and sugar together until light
  • Add the eggs and beat; then beat in vanilla
  • Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the batter alternatively with the buttermilk; beat until smooth
  • Pour into a deep dish pie shell and bake at 400 F degrees for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 F degrees and bake for 50-60 minutes*
  • Pie should turn a nice golden brown and a knife inserted should come out clean



*Put it on in 10 minute increments if it is not done after 1 hour. The crust will burn if you're not careful!

I think this pie is best after its been refrigerated about 10-12 hours.  It was okay warm, but scrumptious cold!


The author of this recipe was named thefensk on food.com posted this recipe sometime in 1999.  I thank you for posting this recipe and am happy to add this to my recipes!

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