Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

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*6 cups Broccoli Pieces or 2 bunches cut and florets broken into bite sizes pieces

*3 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil

*1/3 cup Butter

*1 medium Onion, diced small

*3 Cloves Garlic, minced or pressed

*1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder

*1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder

*1/4 teaspoon White Pepper or to taste (Use Black Pepper if using Sharp Cheddar Cheese)

*1/2 cup All-purpose Flour

*3 cups Milk, 2 percent

*1 (12 ounce) can Evaporated Milk

*2 cups Chicken Stock

*2     1/2 cups Freshly Grated White Sharp Cheddar Cheese or Sharp Cheddar Cheese

*1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese

*Sea Salt, to taste

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Blanch the Broccoli. In a stock pot filled 3/4 full of water, bring the water to a boil on medium- high heat and add the broccoli prices and blanch for 6 minutes. Remove broccoli with a spider and plunge into ice cold water bath. When cooled drain and set aside.

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Sauté in olive oil the diced onions, on medium heat for 3 minutes, add the garlic and sauté 1 more minute. Then add Flour and turn off heat stir until combined (Rue) and slowly add the 2 cups of milk. Add the evaporated milk and chicken stock, stir until sauce thickens.

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Add the broccoli and simmer until broccoli is desired tenderness. Now mix in the white cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese slowly, stir sauce until smooth and creamy.

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I like to ladle or carefully pour the soup into a crock pot to keep warm until ready to serve.

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Serve in bread bowls if desired, I purchased the pumpkin bread bowls (Lee’s Marketplace) but you can make our bread bowl recipe.

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See Bread Bowl Recipe

Enjoy!

Lindy

 

Apple Pork Chops Crock Pot Style

Apple Pork Chops Crock Pot Style

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***Crock Pot

***Slow Cooker Liner, for easy clean up

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Note: Searing is optional but gives a better flavor to the Pork Chops

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*2 and 1/2 pounds Thin Pork Chops (around 7), seared

*2 tablespoons Butter

*2-3 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil

*Seasoned Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper

*Pinch Red Pepper Flakes or to taste

**4 Gala Apples, peeled and sliced

**12 ounce can Ginger Ale or Sprite

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Season pork chops with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Then sear seasoned pork chops in a cast iron skillet with butter and olive oil, on medium heat, searing 3 to 4 pork chops at a time. (3 to 4 minutes per side.)

Cinnamon Sauce

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*1/4 cup Butter, melted

*1/4 cup Brown Sugar

*1 teaspoon Cinnamon

*1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

*1/8 teaspoon Paprika

*Pinch Red Pepper Flakes or to taste

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In a bowl combine the cinnamon sauce ingredients. Set aside.

Using a Crock pot with liner, pour in the ginger ale. Then layer starting with sliced apples, seared pork chops and 1/2 of the cinnamon sauce and spread on pork chops, repeat layering a second time and top with sliced apples. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or to your crock pot instructions.

Enjoy!

Lindy