Friday, February 6, 2015

Potato Bacon Chowder

If a can of condensed soup scares you, then you'll want to flee from this post.  But if you're like me and don't mind consuming one in a fabulous dish occasionally, then read on. (As an aside, I'd like to mention that my guess is that most people who condemn condensed soups have probably eaten at a fast food restaurant, or two - something that I refuse to do – just sayin’.)

I have no idea where this recipe originates. I got it from my mother decades ago, written in pencil on the back of a white envelope, the reverse of which contains a recipe for Glazed Strawberry Pie. It is easy to put together, particularly if you use half of a 24-ounce bag of
Melissa's Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes, scrubbed and cubed, instead of the peeled and diced russets original to the recipe. It is smoky, creamy, and rich - a cup will do you quite nicely - and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Warming and welcoming on these cold days, throw caution to the wind and give it a try.

Potato Bacon Chowder

8 slices of bacon, diced
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups cubed potatoes
1 cup water
1 can cream of chicken soup (or celery or mushroom)
1 cup low fat sour cream
1-3/4 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
Bacon, shredded cheddar, chopped scallions for garnish

In a 3-quart stock pot over medium heat, fry bacon until crisp.  Add onion and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Pour off fat. Return bacon and onion to the pot and add potatoes and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Stir in sour cream and soup, blending well. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Add salt, pepper, and parsley. Heat through, but do not boil. Serve, garnished as you like. 

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Linda said...

We just had tater soup last night! Yours looks really good.

I use canned soup - grew up on it and I'm still here. ;) If I'm out of it, I'll make my own, but for convenience I still love using it. (I also use shortening and grow pretty weary of those bloggers who routinely shame those that do.)

Alycia Nichols said...

What a great way to fancy up canned soup! I have lots of it in our cupboard that I use for various dishes. I'm going to give it a try! Bacon makes EVERYTHING better!!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Pattie....we've seriously got to stop coming over here! You make us so very hungry lol! Well...we pinned this one as well :) thanks for the yummy recipe once again!

Marigene said...

Looks yummy, far you haven't led me astray on any recipes you have posted, I will be trying this!
Have a great weekend.

Marie said...

Hopping here from What To Do Weekends. This looks yummy! Will definitely be making it. Blessings to you and yours!

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