Strange Method for Soup
I've been craving a good pot of vegetable soup (at my house, that includes meat), but this cold weather is hard on the old body, and I really couldn't do it all in one hitch.
So I did it a little at a time. What I turned up with is a rich, wonderful, venison stew/soup.
Last night I thawed a bag of what was labled "Venison Tenders"...just sweet little pieces that were left after we cut up loins and hams.
I put them in the crock pot on low, with a packet of onion soup mix and a can of tomato soup, plus water called for. Once it got cooking a little, I added a handful of baby carrots.
I then chopped a small onion and some hearts of celery...about 1 cup each, and put in fridge for later.
After brunch and my nap, I put some scrubbed baby Yukon Gold potatoes in a bowl, pierced, covered with a plastic dome, and baked a couple of minutes. (They weren't done then, but after they sat covered for a while, they were perfect.
I then added a can of whole tomates (which I cut up in the can to break them up) and their juice + a can of water, and added about 2 tbls of pearl barley.
I put 2 tbls bacon grease over chopped celery and onions in bowl with a splash of water, and nuked for 3 minutes, until just starting to get soft.
I dumped those in the crock pot, and let that simmer about an hour.
Then I cut the potatoes up a little, and added them with a can of drained Roma (Italian Flat) green beans, which hold up really well in soups. Also added a tsp minced garlic for a jar.
We have tasted it, and it may need a pinch of S&P, and I'm going to put a bit of fresh Italian parsley on the top, but it's wonderful
Just goes to show'ya...where there's a will there's a way.
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