Friday, October 28, 2011

Broccoli Cheese Soup & Breadbowls

SO I tried to post this earlier this week, and I guess it didn't work. So I am trying again, because this is a very good recipe to share!

You will need 10oz of frozen broccoli (florets are better), some butter, a medium onion, flour, 16oz half & half, 14oz chicken broth, and velvetta cheese!

 Alright, so I followed the recipe and got the cheaper version of frozen veggies, aka not the steam-n-bag kind. So poke a few holes in the bag. Microwave 5 minutes and then flip and put in for another 4 minutes. Let sit 3 minutes. 

 Melt 3 tbsp of butter. While this is melting, chop your onion. You will need about a 1/4 of a medium onion. A little more would be okay too, it gives great flavor.
 Let the butter and onion saute for a few minutes. Don't let the onion brown though. It will start to smell delicious! Add 1/4 cup of flour and mix well! It will be thick, this is to help the soup.

 Now you can add the half & half, chicken broth, and some salt and pepper to season. Stir well. A whisk would be nice. Cut 8oz velvetta (or a little more =] ) and add to the soup. Stir occasionally until the cheese is melted.

 And finally, chop the broccoli and little bit and put it in the soup. Stir and you are ready to eat! Mmm! Queue the breadbowls!

Broccoli-Cheese soup

1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped broccoli

3 tbsp butter

¼ medium onions, finely chopped

¼ cup flour

1 (16 oz) carton half-half cream

1 (14 oz) can chicken broth

1 (8 oz) package cubed velvetta cheese

·      Punch several holes in broccoli package and microwave for 5 minutes. Turn package over and microwave additional 4 minutes. Leave in microwave for 3 minutes

·      In large saucepan, melt butter and sauté onion, but do not brown. Add flour, stir and gradually add cream, chicken broth, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper

·      Stir constantly and heat until mixture is slightly thick. Do Not let mixture come to a boil. Add cheese, stir and heat until cheese melts. Add cooked broccoli. Serve piping hot. (6-8)

There are 2 ways that I have made them, I will start with the most successful first!
You will need a Loaf, or loaves or frozen bread dough, i used rhodes, and it came with 3 loaves. Each loaf will make 2 or 3 bread bowls. After it defrosts, break a loaf into 2 or 3 pieces and roll into balls. Let them rise as the bag says and bake.  When they are fresh out of the oven, cut the middle out and make sure you don't hit the bottom. Fill with soup and enjoy!
      The second way uses frozen roll dough. It was small pucks of dough. I didn't want to wait the overnight or 2 hours to defrost, so I used the defrost button on my microwave. =)  I used about 6 of the small rolls and made them each into a large round roll. As above, rise, bake, cut and enjoy!

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