Hard Rock Cafe Baked Potato Soup
6 to 8 slices bacon
1 cup yellow onions, diced
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
6 cups hot chicken stock
4 cups baked potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse black pepper
1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup diced green onions (white part only)
Additional chopped bacon, grated cheese and chopped parsley for garnish
Fry bacon until crisp. Chop bacon and reserve drippings.
Cook onions in remaining drippings over medium-high heat until transparent, about 3 minutes.
Add flour, stirring to prevent lumps. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes until mix just begins to run golden.
Add chicken stock gradually, whisking to prevent lumps, until liquid thickens.
Reduce heat to simmer and add potatoes, cream, chopped bacon, parsley, garlic, basil, salt, pepper sauce and black pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes; DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL.
Add grated cheese and green onions. Heat until cheese melts smoothly.
Garnish each serving as desired with chopped bacon, grated cheese and chopped parsley.