The Potato Challenge (and recipe)

Not too long ago, PLUS had a one day sale on potatoes, 5 kilos for one euro (11 pounds for 1.09). When a sale is this good, I can't help but take advantage. After all, deals like this are an integral aspect of sticking to our 60 euro a week grocery budget (Yes, that includes alcohol and I'll talk about our budget in detail another time).  

The day of the sale, I trekked 1 kilometer over to Plus and carried 11 pounds of potatoes home. Though this was a challenge in its self, the real work came in deciding what to do with 11 pounds of potatoes. Seriously, what does one do with 11 pounds of potatoes? To add to the challenge, our refrigerator is tiny, so keeping them there was out of the question. I had to think fast.

We ate scalloped potatoes, home fries, French fries and curries but regardless of how many potatoes were consumed, there were still potatoes in the bag. It was like a magical bag of endless potatoes. After this went on for a week, I could not stand another meal with a fried and starchy base. It was time to lighten things with some heavy cream ;). Potato Leek soup was the answer - why didn't I think of this sooner?

I based my rendition loosely on Julia Child's recipe.  The soup was as delicious as it was economical - and it's now a flat favorite: 

The main ingredients 

The main ingredients 

Potato, Leek + Bacon Soup

3/4 cup cream

3 leeks, chopped

1/4 celery root, peeled and chopped

5 cups potatoes, peeled & cubed

1 chicken bouillon cube

6 cups water

3/4 cups bacon, chopped

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Heat oil in a stockpot. Once hot, add potato and leeks. Stir and after about a minute add the bacon and celery root. Cook for about 5 minutes then add water and bouillon. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for  45 minutes or until potatoes or tender. Stir in cream and serve immediately. 

The results

The results

Moral of the story: always check your weekly ads and always add cream when you're in a pinch.

Anyone have a super-sale story to share?