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                       POTATO SOUP SCENTED WITH CUMIN
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups                            Potatoes
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    3      tablespoons   Unsalted butter
    1      cup           Chopped shallots
    3      pounds        Red skin potatoes -- peeled
                         and cut into 3/4 cubes
    1 1/2  tablespoons   Ground cumin
   12      cups          Chicken stock
    1      cup           Half and half -- or evaporated skim m
                         Fresh ground pepper
    4      teaspoons     Chopped fresh cilantro
 Melt butter in large, heavy, non-aluminum, deep-sided pan over medium-high heat.
When hot add shallots and cook, stirring constantly, until soft, about 3 minutes.
Add potatoes and cumin. Toss and cook 1 minute more. Add stock. Bring to boil,
stirring several times to prevent potatoes from sticking to pan. Reduce heat and
simmer until potatoes are quite tender, 25 to 30 minutes.
   Remove soup from heat and puree, using food processor, blender or food mill.
 Return mixture to pan and stir in half and half. Season to taste with salt and
 pepper. (Soup can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cool, cover and refrigerate.) 
   To serve soup warm, reheat over medium heat, stirring, until hot. To serve
 cold, taste chilled soup once again and add salt and pepper if needed. (Cold
 foods often require extra seasonings.) 
   Ladle into 8 bowls and garnish each with 1/2 teaspoon chopped cilantro. Makes 8
  Christie Aspegren, September 93 Round Robin.
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