27 November 2012

Creamy Potato Apple Brie Soup

...minus the cream!

Creamy Potato Apple Brie Soup... in the #crockpot!

I'm a teensy bit obsessed with potato-based soups.  This one, much like my loaded baked potato soup, comes out thick and creamy without an ounce of cream in the recipe!  No flour... no thickening agents... just fluffy potatoes, sweet apples, and a little buttery brie for good measure.  It's positively dreamy.

Creamy Potato-Apple-Brie Soup
[serves 4-6]
what's in it?
3 medium-large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 large apples, cored, peeled, and chopped [I used honey crisp]
2 cups of vegetable stock [I use this one] plus an extra cup or so if desired
8-10 ounces of brie cheese, cubed [rind removed]
3 large cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
1 bay leaf
1/2-1 TBSP dried parsley
1/2 tsp salt
salt and pepper, to taste

garnish with apple slices and freshly chopped green onion

brontosaurus chefs you can sub white cheddar for brie in a pinch! <3
t-rex chefs feel free to sub chicken stock and top soup with a little crumbled bacon [ahhh! the b-word!]

get cooking!
First decide whether you want to whip this up on the stovetop or let the crockpot do the work for you!  I don't do stovetop soups super-often, and highly suggest whipping out the crockpot.  It's my best friend.  Well, aside from P... and the amazon... and... whatever!  It rocks.  Do it.

Scrub, peel, and cube both your potatoes and apples into chunks.  Nothing intricate, just a rough chop.  Add your fruit, veggies, garlic, bay leaf, salt and vegetable stock to the crockpot and cover.  Cook for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low depending on the shenanigans you have on tap for the day.  Use a slotted or wooden spoon to smush any unruly cubes into submission.  At the very end, reduce heat to low/warm and stir in the brie until melted.  Adjust salt and pepper if/as needed and steal a bite for taste testing purposes, of course.  You may now faceplant into the soup.

As mentioned below, you can sneak in a little extra broth/stock to change the thickness of the soup, add a teeny bit at a  time and taste as you go.  Always add the brie at the end, it's not a huge fan of excessive heating.  Garnish with sliced apple and chopped green onion.

stovetop for those of you that still need to procure a crockpot:
Scrub, peel, and cube both your potatoes and apples into dime-sized chunks.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil [with enough water to cover the cubes] and season with freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of salt.  Add fruit and veggies to the pot and boil until tender, about 10-20 minutes.  Drain and fork mash a bit to desired consistency.  Chunky, smooth, whatevahh!  Next add veggie stock, garlic, bay leaf, salt and parsley.  Stir, reduce temp to low, and simmer for an additional 15 minutes or until your lumpy potatoes and apples are smooth and creamy.  Stir constantly.  The soup will thicken quite a bit, and the longer it cooks, the more the lumps will vanish.  Or you can whip out an immersion blender if you have an impatient streak =)  Once desired smoothness is reached, reduce heat, and stir in the brie until melted.  If needed, stir in a bit more veggie broth to thin the soup, just not too much as to distract from the flavor of the apples and brie.  Season with salt and pepper to taste, stir in green onions, and enjoy!

Creamy Potato Apple Brie Soup... in the #crockpot!

Creamy Potato Apple Brie Soup... in the #crockpot!

so... how was it?
P spent the entire photoshoot stealing spoonfuls behind my back and I'm fairly certain the ginger licked his bowl clean.... Success!  I kept my standard herb/spice arsenal at bay to highlight the flavor of the apples and brie and literally had to hide a bowl for myself in the fridge to ensure that I'd get a bowl.  I'm not sure how it's possible for a soup to be both thick and hearty yet light and delicate... but I'll take it!  Actually I'll take two =) 

Special thanks to msexy hand model for helping with the shoot.  
Creamy Potato Apple Brie Soup... in the #crockpot!
I kind of love him.

Everyday I fall more in love with you.  Except yesterday.  Yesterday you were pretty annoying

Just kidding Paul!  I would never misbehave so close to Christmas.

Craving a few more crockpot essentials? 
Try these!
Crockpot Black BeansSlow Cooker Crockpot Cranberry Sauce
Crockpot Vegetarian Madras LentilsVegetarian Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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  1. can your hand model bring me some of that soup? Maybe he can teach my sexy hand model how be that cool and then we can make money off them modeling. Oh, that sounds bad.

  2. Your photography is getting to be absolutely amazing (not that it wasn't always good, but you know what I mean).

    love the idea of this soup. I'm not a potato fan, but I bet this woudl also be wonderful with sweet potatoes!

    1. Ooooo, I love the idea of using sweet potatoes for this! :D

  3. Sooo I saw this beautiful photo of apple and brie in my Facebook newsfeed, then tripped over my shoes to my computer to read the recipe now. That's how much I love the combination and how much I love that you've made a quick and easy recipe for it!

    1. Lol, love your comment! :D A picture of this soup would make anyone trip over their shoes and drool on their keyboard. ;)

  4. Oh man, that soup sounds wonderful! It's a rainy day here, and I could seriously go for some of that.

  5. YUM! this looks so good!! Now can someone create a lactose-free Brie so that I can make this and not just drool on my computer? ;)

  6. you will make this for me. I will have a feathered person feed it to me, because seeing a hand model hold it, it seems only proper.

  7. Hehe, that looks so yummy. I might have to try it next week. Apple and brie is such a great combination.

  8. Ooh I looove potato soup. It will be made this holiday season. Yes.

  9. Ahhh this sounds INSANELY good!! I haven't had cheese for almost two months (cut out meat & dairy as an experiment) and this would be a lovely way to re-introduce it to my diet! Gorgeous photos, too!

  10. I think I need to tell Brandon he needs to be my hand model from now on. It adds quite a nice touch to the pictures. ;)

  11. Jenn, this looks flippin' amazing!! :D This is sooooo going to happen in my kitchen in the near future! :D

  12. This looks great! Question: Is he shirtless? If so, I'm guessing Ryan Gosling is finally out of the picture? hehe

  13. Potatoes. Brie. And soup. All in one big bowl of deliciousness. Yes please. This looks and sounds absolutely scrumptious. I can't wait to make this one.

  14. Ohhh this sounds delicious! I love creamy soups, and love all the ingredients you used! Sounds REALLY good!

  15. I was longing for the soup and you to move in with me and THEN I HIT THE ECARD.
    that completely entirely and wholly describes my life these days :)

  16. This is right up my street. I love soup.

  17. You have some serious talent Jenn! I always admire your artistry in the kitchen via instagram and your blog! Hugs!!

  18. This looks like an absolute winner!! Funny story. I kept bugging my Paul about a pony for Christmas two years ago and I ended up with a My Little Pony. Here's to hopin' yours is real! ;)

  19. This looks delicious! I love how there is no cream in it too! Definitely will have to try this bad boy out - thanks! :)