Sunday, April 7, 2013

Smoky Blue Cheese Potato Soup and Beautiful Wine Glasses

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Wine Enthusiast wondering if I would like to receive a set of wine glasses.  Anyone who knows me knows I love a glass (or two) of wine, so of course I said Yes!!!  Next question, would I prefer white or red?  Normally a white wine drinker,  I chose white.  Wine Enthusiast sent me these beautiful Fusion Whirl wine glasses.  They're designed for the ultimate swirl.  I love swirling my wine!  Not necessarily for the reasons wine aficionados suggest you swirl your wine, just because it's fun.  If you're a red wine drinker, Wine Enthusiast has a great selection of red wine glasses, too!  Thank You, Wine Enthusiast!

Tim and I are attending a series of wine and cheese pairing classes at our local HyVee store.  It's so interesting to see how the different cheeses affect the taste of the wine.  Perfect timing to try a recipe using a cheese we tasted and enjoy a glass of wine in the new glasses.  One of our tastings was a smoky blue cheese and a white wine.  One our favorite restaurants in town serves a fantastic blue cheese burger.  I picked up some smoky blue to use in burgers.  Knowing the burgers wouldn't use the entire package of cheese, I began searching for another recipe to use the rest of the smoky blue.  I settled on this recipe for Smoky Blue Cheese Mashed Potato Soup.  A little smoky blue goes along way, so be careful with the crumbles for the top, you don't want to over power the delicious creamy mashed potatoes! Paired with a sandwich or salad, this makes for a comforting meal!

Smoky Blue Cheese Mashed Potato Soup

Recipe Courtesy of Wisconsin Cheese Talk
Serves 4
4 bacon slices
1 medium onion, diced, about 2 cups
2 cloves garlic, minced
Two 14.4-ounce cans low-salt chicken broth or 3 1/2 cups homemade broth
3 cups mashed potatoes (see recipe below)
1/2 cup Blue cheese, crumbled, about 3 ounces
4 scallions, minced
1/4 cup smoke-flavored Blue cheese, crumbled, about 1 1/2 ounces
Cook bacon in heavy, large pot over medium heat until brown and crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towels. Crumble bacon and set aside to use as a garnish.
Spoon off all but a tablespoon of bacon drippings from pot. Add onion, celery and garlic, season with salt.  Saut√© over low heat for 10 minutes or until onions are golden, but not brown.  Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Blend in the mashed potatoes and Blue cheese. Puree soup in batches in a blender or use an immersion blender directly in the pot. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish each bowl with Blue cheese, bacon and scallions just before serving.
Mashed Potatoes
2-3 large potatoes, about 1 1/2 lbs
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Peel the potatoes and cut into small chunks, place in a pot, cover with cold water. Boil until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the water, then add the butter and milk and mash with a potato masher in the pot. Season with salt.

I am linking this to On the Menu Monday, Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday and Foodie Friday!!!

Wine Enthusiast sent me a set of Fusion White Wine glasses!  All opinions expressed are my own!


  1. I see lots of big flavors in your soup! Wine Enthusiast has a great site and are good people to work with! Enjoy your beautiful new glasses Julie:@)

  2. That sounds so gourmet and looks fabulous.

  3. This sounds like a wonderful combination of flavors! Yum!

  4. Glad you got some wine glasses too :) The soup sounds delicious!

  5. Beautiful glasses and beautiful soup Julie!

  6. Hi Julie,
    Those are beautiful glasses! Your Smoky Blue Cheese Potato Soup looks delicious, we will just love it. Thank you very much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  7. What pretty wine glasses. Julie! Your soup sounds delicious and we love blue cheese.


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