Today I had a wild hair. I thought I would try my hand at making potato soup in the crockpot (with fresh potatoes) rather than the frozen variety. Very glad I did. This meal was great. Serve cheesy breadsticks on the side....mmm. This particular soup tastes a lot like my favorite cheese fondue.
Slow Cooker Beer & Cheese Potato Chowder
adapted from: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/slow-cooker-beer-and-cheese-potato-chowder/f9b9cf47-0866-4503-af74-5eb521be80cc
6 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped (I used Yukon gold)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped (I used 2 handfuls of baby carrots)
4 garlic cloves
2 cups chicken broth
1 (12oz) beer (used a German lager from Costco)
2 cups cheese, shredded (used a mixture of Jack and Cheddar)
1/2 cup half-n-half
In 4-quart crockpot, combine potatoes, onion, carrots, and garlic cloves. Pour broth and beer over all. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours. Before serve mash all ingredients together in crockpot. (I used my immersion blender). Mixture will be VERY thick. Add half-n-half. Stir. Cover for about 20 minutes. Stir in cheese. Cover and cook and additional 5 minutes.