>St Paddy’s Day Dinner

>My dad gave us a slow cooker for Christmas and we have only used it a couple of times. One meal was a success – Italian Beef…. delicious. So, tonight we are trying it out again, this time on a cheesy potato soup for St Patrick’s Day!

So here is the ingredients list:
1     bag (32 oz) frozen southern-style diced hash brown potatoes (we used shredded), thawed
1/2     cup frozen chopped onion (from 12-oz bag), thawed
1     medium stalk celery, diced (1/2 cup)
1     carton (32-oz) chicken broth
1     cup water
3     tablespoons all-purpose flour
1     cup milk
1     bag (8 oz) shredded American-Cheddar cheese blend (2 cups)
1/4     cup real bacon pieces (from 2.8-oz package)
4     medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)

Now, my hubby went grocery shopping for the ingredients – he hates celery so made an executive decision to leave that out… and, I mistakenly forgot to include 4 med. green onions on the list I gave him, therefore, we were without green onions and celery. No biggie!! Right?

Of course that wouldn’t be the only hiccup…I had every intention of going through the recipe the night before to ensure I left enough time in the morning before work to put it together.That didn’t happen! So… I completely forgot to thaw out the potatoes and onions. However, the onions were no frozen into a block, so no real problem there. The potatoes, however, were… so I stuck them in the sink and proceeded to spray the bag down with hot water… problem solved! I did have to break the block apart over the slow cooker, but, apart from a few rouge potato shreds, it worked out.

Here is the rest of the recipe

 

In 3- to 4-quart slow cooker, mix potatoes, onion, celery, broth and water. (Our slow cooker is 6quarts and we made no adjustments.)

Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours.

In small bowl, mix flour into milk; stir into potato mixture. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook 20 to 30 minutes or until mixture thickens.

Stir in cheese until melted.
 

Garnish individual servings with bacon and green onions. Sprinkle with pepper if desired.

It was delicious! I’m sure having the celery and green onions only makes it better!! haha!

Hope everyone had a wonderful St Patrick’s day!!
Much love and peace!
xxxx

P.S: If you would like the official recipe, you can find it [here].

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