Saturday, February 12, 2011

February 10 "The Toddler Cafe" Popcorn Soup

I really did not want to focus too much time on any one cookbook as we have so many that we love. However, The Toddler Cafe really is our favorite. There are a ton of great recipes that you really can get a toddler to eat. I have proof:

Back to the Popcorn Soup:
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 2 cups grated mild cheese
  • 1 to 2 cups popped popcorn
Melt the butter in a saucepan. When the butter has melted, whisk in the flour and continue whisking until the butter and flour are combine, about 1 minute. You are making a roux. It will start to smell like biscuits that are cooking; this is how you know it is ready. Do not let the roux get dark brown, but keep it light like the color of bread dough. Add the broth and milk, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook for 10 minutes, until thickened. Add the corn and continue to cook  for 5 more minutes, until the corn is thawed and the soup is bubbling. Remove from the heat and add the cheese; stir until melted. Serve the soup in small bowls and sprinkle with popcorn at the table.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Help gather ingredients
  2. Measure and add ingredients to pan
  3. Assist whisking
  4. Add popcorn
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Help gather ingredients
  2. Cook soup
  3. Pop corn
  4. Serve soup and popcorn
Make sure the children get to add the popcorn to the soup. It makes a funny sound and they should enjoy listening to it fizzle as it sinks into the soup. We have also added popped popcorn to other soups for fun and to make them more appealing.

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  1. This is so fun! I'm saving it to hopefully make with my kiddos soon =)

  2. Hey there - you are one of the winners of a Pillsbury Prize pack from the soup-a-palooza event! Yeah! When you get a moment, shoot me an email with your contact information and I'll have them send it out to you right away. Thanks!

  3. hehehe.. what a fun recipe! I can't wait to try this one with the girls :) Big D asks for popcorn EVERY night, so she will love the idea of popcorn in soup! hehehe


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