Crispy Prosciutto Garlic Potato Soup #SundaySupper #GGHoliday2013

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by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 21 comments

in Appetizers, Family Foodie Recipes, Holidays, Inspiration from my Kids, Sunday Supper

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. 

Garlic Potato Soup #SundaySupper

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.

Gourmet Garden Holiday Recipes #ggholiday2013 #sundaysupper

Gourmet Garden’s herbs are grown in the rich soil of organic farms on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. Within 24 hours of harvesting they are simply washed, chopped, blended and packed into tubes guaranteeing their fresh taste and nutrition for up to 3 months. Gourmet Garden’s wide range of herbs including Basil, Cilantro, Chili Pepper, Dill, Garlic, Ginger, Italian Herbs, Lemon Grass, Parsley and Oregano can be found in the fresh produce section of your local supermarket.

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 TwitterFacebookPinterest and Instagram to get great recipe ideas and inspiration.

Garlic Potato Soup with Crispy Prosciutto #SundaySupper

Crispy Prosciutto Garlic Potato Soup #SundaySupper #GGHoliday2013

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 1/4 pound prosciutto, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.
  3. 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.
  4. Add chopped parsley and simmer for another few minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and reserve one cup of the cooked potatoes.
  6. 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.
  7. Add half-and-half, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.
  8. Cook on low for another few minutes, stirring, until hot and thick.
  9. Add the chunks of potato back into the soup.
  10. Bake the prosciutto on a baking sheet in strips for 12 minutes or until crispy.*
  11. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  12. Garnish with crispy prosciutto
  13. *if you want prosciutto straws, wrap prosciutto in chopsticks or a straw and remove when they are the shape of a straw
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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee December 8, 2013 at 5:42 am

I’ve been craving potato soup lately and I can’t wait to try this one. Especially with the crispy prosciutto – so much better than croutons for crunch.

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Nicole December 8, 2013 at 7:17 am

This looks fantastic. I love Prosciutto and the soup just sounds amazing! Every time I see something you make, I wish I lived closer :)

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Marjory @ Dinner-Mom December 8, 2013 at 7:56 am

Your soup looks absolutely amazing. I’m a soup fan and would love it with every meal. I can’t wait to try this!

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Liz December 8, 2013 at 8:49 am

I think I want that crispy prosciutto topping everything I make! Wow, what a spectacular soup. I hope those teens know how lucky they’ve got it….I miss having Nick’s friends over, but they never got a full meal, just a lot of chocolate desserts :)

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 8, 2013 at 8:52 am

What a clever idea! I never thought of using GG in soup! I love the idea of it! I think this is going to be our dinner tonight!

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Soni December 8, 2013 at 9:32 am

Love your recipe!I love Potato Soup and this one with the prosciutto sounds fantastic.And a perfect way to warm up in these cooler days.

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Heather @girlichef December 8, 2013 at 10:23 am

You pretty much nailed every one of my weakness with this beautiful bowl of soup. Prosciutto…potato…GARLIC – sigh. It’s heaven in a bowl.

…and don’t even get me started on how amazing those stone crabs sound (and looked)!

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Tara December 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

You are so like me in that I love a soup to start with and a soup like this is a sure hit!!

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juanitascocina December 8, 2013 at 11:49 am

It’s cold and snowy outside! If only I had a bowl of this!

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Constance @FoodieArmyWife December 8, 2013 at 11:51 am

Oh my heavens, Isabel! That crispy prosciutto is calling my name. Can you send a bowl of this over for me for breakfast? Please and thank you! ;)

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Cindys Recipes and Writings December 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I can eat soup anytime! Potato soup is one of my go to soups now I have another one to choose from for dinner!

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom December 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Isabel,
love this Crispy Prosciutto Garlic Potato Soup!! so elegant and delicious!! and I have to say a huge THANK YOU for introducing me to Gourmet Garden. . I am seriously in love with their herbs!!

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere December 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm

The stone crabs sound delicious! And so does this soup! Our families have never done soup as a main course at big meals, but the idea just makes the meal seem so much more elegant!

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Hezzi-D December 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm

We;ve been eating soup a lot this winter…I really like the flavors you added to this soup. Pinning!

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Bea December 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Oh yes so must be a starter – so good and I love all the fantastic flavors of you potato soup. So delicious!!!

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal December 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Hagin has been asking for potato soup for dinner. I think we will be having this next week!

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) December 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

It’s rainy, cold, and miserable here in NJ. I wish I had a bowl of it in front of me right now!

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons December 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I agree – I was hesitant about Gourmet Garden at first, and they totally proved me wrong! My fridge will be stocked with their products from here on out. Beautiful soup – I would love to start any meal with this, for the holidays or otherwise.

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Susan December 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Oh Isabel, that crispy prosciutto on top is drawing me in! The soup sounds amazing too and we always have soup to start our holiday meals too.

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Betsy @ Desserts Required December 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Isabel, you had me at prosciutto! The soup looks delish!!

BTW, thank you for confirming my very strong craving for stone crabs, too. I know what is going to be on my menu soon. :-)

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Courtney @ Neighborfood December 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I would eat pretty much anything with crispy prosciutto, but this looks especially fabulous. We’ve never had a soup first tradition, but I totally think I could get on board with that!

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