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Pampered Chef: Help! Baked Potato Chowder without micro?

  1. klo289


    I am having my first show tonight and did not think to ask the host how big her microwave was until today. The DCB will not fit and I can't find anyone with a counter micro that I can borrow. She has already bought all of the ingredients and I'm not sure what to do. Has anyone tried it in the oven? I was wondering if I do the potatos at home and bake it after adding the cream cheese mixture, if it would take too long or even work.
    Nov 13, 2009
  2. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    I haven't tried this yet- but if you can microwave the potatoes ahead of time at your house, then when you get to her house...have the potatoes in your DCB (to keep warm). Demo the part where you are mashing them with the mix-n-chop. Then dump the potatoes into a stock-pot. I'd take the milk mixture in the batter bowl and microwave it for the time, then dump THAT into the stock-pot with the potatoes on the stove top. Let them heat together on the stove top a few minutes while you prep any extra toppings - like green onions, bacon, or steam a little broccoli, or have some extra cheese--- whatever you have on hand and can pull together at this late hour.

    You'll have cooked everything in the microwave- just not all at the same time/same dish. I'd talk about how with a standard microwave, you'd do this all in one DCB, etc. but not to the point you make your host feel bad. :)

    Someone else may have tried this and have better experience...but that would be how I'd try it.
    (I wouldn't do it in the oven...soups don't usually go in the oven- a traditional potato soup would be on the oven anyway. The microwave is just to speed things up.)
    Nov 13, 2009
  3. Grandmarita

    Grandmarita Advanced Member Gold Member

    I bet you can microwave the potatoes by themselves, in the microwave. Then use your DCB for the staging of smashing them with milk with the Mix and Chop. Transfer, as suggested, to your stock pot and work from there. (Most of the time it takes about 5 minutes to microwave an Idaho potato). Doing that portion at home is a time saver, and more certain.

    You can mention that when we start as consultants, we don't have everything in the book, but we are prepared to think creatively and learn to adapt. Then, you can share the "ideal way" versus your adaptation. Tell them you have frequent incentives that help you get just about everything in the book. That may create some interest in becoming a consultant.

    Good luck. I know you can do it. We all survive and get through the start up challenges. It is nice when you get to the point when you can offer suggestions to help the newest kids on the block.
    Nov 13, 2009
  4. chefsteph07

    chefsteph07 Legacy Member

    I agree, take your large microcooker and nuke them and make the recipe up from there.
    Nov 13, 2009
  5. TrishPCMommy

    TrishPCMommy Member Gold Member

    Go to Consultant's Corner and under Recipe tab, go to Theme Shows: Comfort Food. When you go to the Theme Show Training Guide, scroll to page 4... It has step by step directions for making it on the stove in our skillet! You may want to "hurry" along the potatoes in the microwave first though... Then, share with all of the guests that the recipe takes even less time in our Deep Covered Baker in the microwave. (Let them know it helps to have a large enough microwave and all of the other recipes that can be made in it - versatility, as long as their microwave is a little larger...) You may want to try putting the DCB in when you get there though. Some people need help with a ruler...

    To cook chowder on the stovetop:
    1. Cut potatoes into 2-in. (5-cm) pieces. Place in (12-in./30-cm) Skillet with enough water to cover. Cook, covered, over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until potatoes come to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook 12-14 minutes or until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Drain; return potatoes to Skillet. Coarsely mash using Mix ‘N Chop.
    2. Meanwhile, whisk all 3½ cups milk into cream cheese mixture. Add cream cheese mixture and butter to Skillet; cook over medium heat 4 minutes or until hot. Remove from heat. Finish and serve as directed.
    Nov 13, 2009
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