Friday, 26 December 2008

Bacon & Potato Chowder

Wildly varying quantities of bacon listed; you can be as discreet or as decadent as you like. I went pretty much in the middle.

Unlike a lot of soups I make this one doesn't do any better for sitting, although it will keep fine for a few days, so you can dig in right away. Like a lot of soups I make, it's a meal in itself.

6 servings
45 minutes prep time

Bacon and Potato Chowder
6 medium potatoes (700 grams, 1 1/2 pounds)
1 litre (4 cups) water

250 to 500 grams (1/2 to 1 pound) good lean bacon
3 medium onions
3 stalks celery (optional)
1/4 cup flour
salt & pepper
2 cups milk
4 cups finely shredded savoy cabbage (optional)

Scrub the potatoes well, and cut them into 1 centimetre dice. Put them in a soup pot with the water, and boil them until tender.

Meanwhile, chop the bacon. Peel and chop the onions. Chop the celery.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Lift it out and set it aside. If there is a lot of fat in the pan, drain most of it off, leaving a good coating in which to cook the onions and celery. Cook the onions and celery until soft. Sprinkle them with the flour, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well, and when the flour begins to brown, slowly stir in 2 cups of the potato cooking water. Once that's in, slowly stir in the two cups of milk.

Add the contents of the skillet to the soup pot with the now-cooked potatoes. You may wish to mash the potatoes very coarsely first. Add the bacon.

We ate the first half of the soup as listed, then I added cabbage to stretch it. I cooked the cabbage in just enough water to cover it, until it was tender, then added it to the soup. You could add it to the potatoes as they cook, with a little more water, if you wanted it there right from the beginning - and you might; it's a good addition. Especially if you haven't got the celery.

Last year at this time I made Winter Tomato Soup and Ginger Apple Salad. Gosh, I should do both of those again; they are definite favourites.


Kevin said...

A hearty and tasty soup!

Money Minder said...

I just discovered your blog while reading a post at fabulouslybrokeinthecity.

Great Recipes! I will be trying some of your soups for sure!

Money Funk said...

Delish! Can't wait to try this one cuz I love bacon & potato!