Sunday, February 24, 2013

An Allergy Friendly Favorite Dinner: Potato Soup and Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

Today we are sharing two of our family's favorite recipes.   The first is Jude's favorite soup.  Officially "Creamy Potato Soup with Bacon," Jude calls it "Potato Slimy Cheese Soup" because he puts Daiya cheese on top.  Note: Daiya is not at all slimy, but it does MELT very well, while other vegan cheeses do not.  I think the moniker came from when we first discovered Daiya.  Jude was eating a quesadilla where the cheese actually DID melt, and it seemed "slimy" compared to other versions. The second recipe is for Garlic Cheddar Biscuits.  These are Luke and Matthew's favorite biscuits -- I always make a double batch so we have leftovers.  If I am lucky, they last through the next day.  I have no idea how long they will keep before going stale -- around here, the first tray is gobbled up before they have a chance to even cool!

These recipes are written to be allergy friendly.  In our house, between everyone are allergies to dairy, soy, wheat/gluten, peanuts, treenuts, fish, and shellfish. For the soup, you can substitute like-for-like; for example, cow's or soy milk for the coconut milk. For garnish, you can use any safe cheese -- Jude and Matthew top their soup with Daiya, while the rest of us use regular cow's milk cheddar.  For the biscuits, you can use other forms of cheese and milk interchangeably.  Omit the eggs if you are using regular Bisquick instead of the Gluten-Free Version.  I've included brand names with the recipes, rather than a vague "coconut milk" or "vegan cheese" because these are the brands we use, and I am reasonably confident that they will work for you.  I have never received anything from the companies to use their products, I'm just a happy customer who has tried them and found they work for our family. Of course, please make sure to check that they are safe for any allergies your family may have.

Dairy-free Creamy Potato Soup with Bacon

This recipe serves 8-10.  You can easily cut it in half for a smaller family, or refrigerate and eat the next day for lunch.  Like most soups, it is very good when freshly prepared, but also seems to "improve" after sitting overnight.

creamy potato soup with bacon and cheese

2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
1-2 pounds bacon
2 medium onions
1 quart So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk beverage
2 cups chicken broth
2 Tbsp garlic powder

Note: You can use turkey bacon, but will need additional fat.  Add 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil to the pan when sauteing the bacon,  plus 1/4 cup oil (or butter) for the onions.


Peel potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.  Place in a pot, and fill with enough water to just cover the potatoes.  (You do not need to fill the pot to the top; 1" of water above the potatoes is sufficient.)


Take the bacon out of the package.  Slice the entire block into 1/2" pieces. 

frying bacon

Add the bacon to a second large pot.  Stirring frequently, fry over medium heat until crispy.  As you stir the bacon will separate into individual pieces.  One pound of bacon is enough if you are using it as "just a garnish." Our family likes lots of bacon mixed into the soup, so I use two pounds.  (Two pounds also helps there to be enough left for the meal if you have any snitchers - bacon is one of Celia and Damien's only safe foods, and if you're not looking, they'll take the tray with them!)

While the bacon cooks, dice the onions.  I usually dice them fairly small, because my family likes onion flavor but not onion chunks.

yummy crispy bacon

Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined cookie sheet, and set aside for serving. 

Cook the potatoes until soft.  Drain, but do NOT rinse them.

Pour off any excess bacon fat into a heat-proof bowl, leaving about 1/4 cup left in the pot.  Add the diced onion to the bacon pot.

Add 1/4 cup water to the pot as well.  Using a silicone/rubber spatula or wooden spoon, scrape the fond (a fancy French word for "yummy browned goodness") from the bottom/sides of the pot.)  Saute the onion until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. 

creamy potato soup

Add 1 quart (four cups) of the coconut milk beverage to the pot and stir. (Do not used canned coconut milk.  Coconut milk beverage somehow has the "island undertone" removed from it; using canned coconut milk will give your soup an undesirable flavor.)

Add 2/3 of the cooked potatoes to the milk/onion mixture.  Mash the potatoes until they are nearly smooth.  This will thicken the soup to a "runny mashed potato" consistency.   Gently stir in the rest of the potato chunks, and add 2 cups chicken broth.  Simmer on low heat until biscuits are ready.



Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

This recipe makes 2 1/2-3 dozen biscuits.  It can easily be halved if you don't have teenaged boys.

gluten free dairy free soy free cheddar garlic bacon biscuits


14 ounces (2 packages) Daiya cheddar style wedges
4 cups Gluten Free Bisquick
2/3 cup bacon fat (liquid)
1 1/2 cups So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage
6 eggs
2-4 Tablespoons crushed garlic (or an equal amount of garlic powder)

Note: Substitute melted shortening (for a soy-free shortening, we use Spectrum palm oil shortening) or any vegetable oil for the bacon fat, if desired.  


Preheat oven to 400*F (204*C.)

easy converting Farenheit to Celsius for baking

Neat tip I learned: While it's not exact enough if you need to be really specific (like if you're making candy, or working in a science lab), if you're converting a baked goods recipe between Farenheit and Celsius, either divide the oven temperature in half (Farenheit to Celsius) or double (Celsius to Farenheit) and round to the nearest 5*.  (ie, 400F = ~200C, 149C = ~300F).  It's close enough to work for baking. Just check for doneness at the shortest time, and then leave in a few more minutes if needed. 

shredding daiya vegan cheese

Shred the Daiya.  You can use the pre-shredded bags of Daiya as well, but I find it doesn't melt into the biscuit as nicely and tends to remain in distinct bits.

Gluten Free Bisquick and Daiya Cheese to make biscuits

Toss the shredded Daiya with the Bisquick. This will help distribute the shreds evenly through the dough, and  keep the shreds from sinking to the bottom of the biscuit.

Gluten Free Bacon cheddar garlic biscuits
In a separate bowl (I use a 4 cup measuring cup since it's easier for pouring), combine the bacon fat, milk, and garlic.  Add the eggs and lightly beat to combine with the liquid.  Add to the dry mix, and stir gently until completely combined.  Drop onto a foil-lined cookie sheet in scant 1/4 cup spoonfuls.  (I use a #20 disher to make sure they are evenly sized and formed.) 

gluten dairy soy free cheddar bacon garlic biscuits  with potato soup

Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Allow to cool for a minute or two (so you don't burn your fingers moving them) and plate for serving.  Attempt to keep thieves at bay while you plate the soup.

Dinner is served!

Ladle the soup into a bowl.  Top with bacon and safe shredded cheese.  Serve with a warm biscuit.

There are lots of yummy treats being featured this week on the Crew's "Recipe Share Blog Cruise."   The dinner bell rings on Tuesday, so make sure to check back to see what's on the menu!

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  1. This looks so tasty and would have been great for my son when he was still living with us, except we would have also had to substitute turkey bacon. We found out he was allergic to dairy, chocolate, tomatoes, and pork which caused severe headaches (though the allergy doctor said it shouldn't affect his headaches).
    I have never heard of that brand of cheese, we probably don't get it around here. My son used to get goat cheese from the local natural food store.
    Thanks for linking up to Kids and Mom in the Kitchen. Hope to see you stop by again.
    I hope it is okay that I pin this recipe post.

  2. What great recipes! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there!

  3. These look SO good! And yes, I have teenaged boys, lol, so I definitely won't have to cut the recipe in half. :-) Thanks so much for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" I hope you will be able to join us again this week.

  4. This sounds amazing!! Thanks for sharing with us at Share It Saturday!
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  5. Working hard to build Kids in the Kitchen back up - I'd love for you to join us. New linky on Tues - I just pinned your potato & bacon soup to my traditional southern recipes board :) one of my faves!

  6. I love potato soup and cheddar biscuits! I have a teenaged boy at my house, so I definitely won't need to halve the recipe LOL. Thanks for sharing at Food on Friday!

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