April 19, 2007

A Salty Tale

I love homemade soup. My favorite? I'm really partial to cheesy potato soup, with ham.

But that's usually a weekend meal. Not somethin' I can throw together when I don't get home from work until 6:30.

Well, not always. While shopping this weekend I picked up a package of Bear Creek Cheddar Potato Soup. Tonite....was the night.

So, in my discussion with Richmond (who is a wonderful cook, btw) on the drive home, she suggested I use chicken stock instead of water. What a great idea!!! So I did.

And I added an entire package of chopped ham. I like a lot of meat in my soup...what can I say.

It said from package to table in 25 minutes. PERFECT. Put the stock on the boil, poured in the mix and added the ham. I do not use salt, so I just pumped up the volume with some spiced pepper.

Well, woman cannot live on soup alone. I had to have bread. And I wanted hot from the oven crusty rolls. Unfortunately I didn't think ahead and all I had were the Pillsbury dinner rolls. Damn. Soft. I wanted crusty. Duh....brush the tops with a beat egg.

8 mins for the rolls.

Finally - everything is ready. A good, feels like homemade meal, even after a full day of commuting and work.

The rolls? Were great. Most excellently crusty. And, I'm a dunker so I'll say the first few bites of the soup were fabulous especially since I dunked the very yummy rolls in it.

But after the first few bites of soup I realized it was very VERY salty. My bet is the ham. I should have thought of that, but I just love ham and potato soup...and since I never salt anything when I cook I didn't even think about the fact that the mix must have been "pre-salted".

Yeah, really salty. Really REALLY salty.

Oh, I finished my bowl. I learned that lesson long ago. But I'm a little disappointed in myself.

Still good. I'd still recommend it. But I'd skip the ham. Oh and for heaven's sake - DON'T SALT THE SOUP!!!!!

Posted by Tammi at April 19, 2007 04:35 AM | TrackBack

That is the second time this week that someone has mentioned Bear Creek soups. Where did you get yours? Our mechanic here at work, Convict Jim, said he thought Farm & Fleet has it.

Posted by: Raging Mom at April 19, 2007 06:01 AM

You can still use the ham, but while waiting on the stock to boil up and before adding your ham, give it a good shower in cold water, that'll help take some of the surface salt off. (And maybe add some of the ham, for a tease instead of the whole thing.)

Betty Crocker

Posted by: Lee Ann at April 19, 2007 07:20 AM

Hmmm.... Maybe the ham - but it *could* have been the stock too. Still sounds yummy. And really, how was the bread?

Posted by: Richmond at April 19, 2007 07:38 AM

I LOVE the Bear Creek soups!

They are great1

Posted by: Quality Weenie at April 19, 2007 10:55 AM

I like Bear Creek soup, my regular grocery store carries them. I do not add any salt, pepper or seasonings, it seems plenty tasty already, and I make it with water. I bet the chicken stock made it more salty. I get the potato soup and I added a couple of cans of baby clams with juice, and a package of frozen veggies. With the minnestrone I add browned italian sausage, that has a little kick.

Posted by: Laurie at April 20, 2007 02:23 PM
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