Wow it has been quite a weekend here in Providence. Twenty inches of snow!!! And might I add that they have done a terrible job clearing the roads. But then again, where do you put that much snow? Needless to say I’ve been pretty stranded the last few days. Because of the snow drifts I had about 10 feet behind my car of 4ft snow! That was a blast yesterday..thankfully a random plow came by as I was staring at my car laughing, trying to figure out how on earth I was going to move all that snow. He sympathized and helped me out a bit! Thank you Mr. Plowman, whoever you are. Being stranded has been a little fun but a lot stir crazy! My fridge has been dwindling by the day. So this afternoon I decided to do a quickfire challenge(anyone who has watched Top Chef knows what I am referring to) and try to create something tasty with random ingredients in my kitchen. What I came up with was a lot tastier than I thought! Roasted Cumin Dill Potato Soup :)
Roasted Cumin Dill Potato Soup
- 3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2 in cubes
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- i tbsp smart balance butter
- 2 tsp cumin, divided
- 2 tsp dill, divided
- 2 tsp garlic salt, divided
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups fat free milk
1. In mixing bowl, combine cubed potatoes, 1 tsp dill and 1 tsp cumin with a splash of olive oil. Mix well to coat. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes
2. While potatoes are baking, in dutch oven saute onions, garlic, and butter for 5 mins.
3. Add cauliflower and 1 tbsp water and continue to saute for another 10 minutes.
4. Boil carrots in separate pan, drain, set aside.
5. Add potatoes to onions and cauliflower, along with 2 cups water(you can use beef or chicken broth if desired). Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes and cauliflower are cooked through and easy to mash, about 10-15 more minutes.
6. With a handheld masher, mash potato, onion, and cauliflower mixture until desired consistency. ( You can use a handheld puree mixer if you want a smoother, less chunky soup)
7. Add milk and carrots and heat, do not boil.
8. Add 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp dill, and 1 tsp garlic salt, or more to taste.
9. Heat to serve. Add dill to garnish in bowl.
Let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised! It has been raining here all day and in the upper 40’s..but freezing this evening. Tomorrow should be a blast!