It’s Saturday Night at our home and like many weekend nights, it is filled with laughter, squeals, and teenagers. What would probably seem chaotic to most, seems quite natural over here. I made a big crock pot of Portuguese Pulled Pork, Pepperoni Pizza Dip and homemade Macaroni and Cheese for Reis and his friends. They are outside enjoying a bonfire and Ron and I are enjoying a quiet moment inside and watching football.
The only thing that is a tad different this week, is the fact that Ron and I are over here drooling over Stone Crabs. It is Stone Crab season and this is one little indulgence that we love to splurge on. Living in Florida for 18 years, we have enjoyed many stone crab seasons and look forward to the juicy claws when this time of year comes around. This batch is so sweet and juicy and just when I thought they couldn’t get any better, I decided to add a little bit of Gourmet Garden Chili Pepper and Garlic to the buttery dipping sauce. It was fabulous and a great complement to the juicy Stone Crabs.
I digress. I have a tendency to do that when I am in the middle of enjoying great food.
Sooo… at our home, it would not be a Holiday Celebration without having soup as a starter. Call it a Portuguese thing or call it a formality – – we love starting our holiday celebrations with a great soup. For many years, we have served either Italian Wedding Soup or Shrimp Bisque in a Puff Pastry but this year, I decided it was time for a new soup. My family is absolute crazy about potatoes and head over heals over Prosciutto. It seemed like a likely combination to me. I decided to combine the two and add my favorite herbs, garlic and parsley, and came up with a delicious Garlic Potato Soup with Crispy Prosciutto.
Now, I have to share with you that I am so in love with fresh garlic and parsley that I did not believe that if it came from a tube, it could be just as good. I know it will be hard for you to believe, but Gourmet Garden proved me wrong. Their garlic and parsley not only has big flavor, but it also is so easy and convenient – – especially for someone like me who can not grow parsley no matter how hard I try. It is perfect for weekday suppers and also the perfect addition to special recipes like this one.
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They are used like fresh herbs in a one-to-one ratio, but can be used in place of dried typically in a 2 to 1 ratio, 2 tbsp GG Ginger equals 1 tbsp dried ginger. I love following them on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to get great recipe ideas and inspiration.
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 tablespoons chopped garlic, I love to use Gourmet Garden
- 4 medium Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 4 tablespoons chopped parsley, I love to use Gourmet Garden
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup cheddar cheese finely chopped
- ¼ pound prosciutto, thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Heat olive oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Add garlic, potatoes and broth to pan; bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cook for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally.
- Add chopped parsley and simmer for another few minutes.
- Remove from heat and reserve one cup of the cooked potatoes.
- If you have a hand blender, use it to purée the remaining potatoes in pot until smooth. Otherwise, transfer soup to blender in batches and purée and return to pan.
- Add half-and-half, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.
- Cook on low for another few minutes, stirring, until hot and thick.
- Add the chunks of potato back into the soup.
- Bake the prosciutto on a baking sheet in strips for 12 minutes or until crispy.*
- Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
- Garnish with crispy prosciutto
- *if you want prosciutto straws, wrap prosciutto in chopsticks or a straw and remove when they are the shape of a straw