Smoked Salmon and Potato Soup

Lately finding time to cook has been very difficult, as work is getting out of control with executives putting pressure on me to meet difficult deadlines. But, I refuse to let work affect my health so I push on and try my hardest to continue to cook fresh food. This soup was perfect for me this week, as I ate it for days, loved the flavor, and it allowed me to easily heat it up after working late to meet finance deadlines. You gotta serve this soup with bread rolls, such as Ciabatta, because the thick crusty bread compliments this perfectly and makes a very filling dish.  Fantastic soup! It is now one of my favorites.

Ingredients

10 ounces smoked salmon
1 onion, chopped
3 3/4 cups water
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch thyme sprigs
1/2 dried bay leaf
1 1/4 pound russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 cups 2% milk
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp chopped parsley
6 Italian bread rolls

Preparation

Place salmon, onion, and water into a large saucepan. Tie the parsley, thyme, and bay leaf into a bouquet garni. Add to the sauce pan. Bring sauce pan to a boil.

Skim any foam from the surface and cover the pan. Lower the heat and poach for 15 minutes until the salmon flakes easily.

Lift the salmon from the pan, using a spatula, and remove the skin. Flake the flesh and reserve by placing in the refrigerator. Return the skin to the pan and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Strain the stock through a strainer.

Return the stock to the pan, add the potatoes, and simmer for about 25 minutes, or until tender. Remove the potatoes from the pan using a slotted spoon. Add milk to the pan and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, mash the potatoes with butter. Remove pan from heat. Beat the potatoes into the liquid in the pan until thick and creamy. Add flaked salmon, salt, white pepper, garlic powder, and parsley.

Let cool slightly to thicken, then serve with a bread roll.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 6
Serving size: 1/6 of recipe (17.2 ounces).
Calories 353.33

% Daily Value
Calories From Fat  102.99  29%
Total Fat 11.67g  18%
Saturated Fat  5.69g  28%

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