Pennsylvania Dutch Bacon, Corn, and Potato Chowder

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Pennsylvnia Dutch Bacon, Corn, and Potato Chowder

This past weekend was really cold so I was excited to have a reason to open up this book and pick a soup.  I didn’t want to go out grocery shopping so I chose one that sounded good and that I had all of the ingredients for.  The one I chose is a Pennsylvania Dutch Bacon, Corn, and Potato Chowder.  This seemed fitting since I’m from Pennsylvania.

I have to say that I was very pleased by the large amount of fresh vegetables in the soup.   They really worked to brighten up the light cream base.  The bacon added a ton of flavor to the soup as well and it smelled incredible as it was cooking.

I found this chowder to be lighter then many chowders I have tried and for that I was glad.  I often feel like chowders weigh me down.  This one was filling without the added weight and the flavors of the bacon, vegetables, and cream complimented each other nicely.

Pennsylvania Dutch Bacon, Corn, and Potato Chowder (recipe from The Soupmaker’s Kitchen:  How to Save Your Scraps, Prepare a Stock, and Craft the Perfect Pot of Soup by Aliza Green, 2013. )
1/2 lb. well-smoked country-style bacon strips, cut into 1/2 inch slices and then diced
1 large onion, diced
3 ribs celery, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 quart vegetable or chicken stock
2 pounds gold potatoes, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
6 ears corn, kernals cut off
2 quarts milk, scalded
1 c. heavy cream
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 bunch chives, thinly slices (optional), for garnish

1.  Saute bacon over low heat in a large soup pot until most of the fat is rendered.

2.  Add the onion, celery, red and green pepper, and simmer until tender but not browned.  Stir in the flour and cook for 3 to 4 minutes to cook out the raw taste.

3.  Add the vegetable stock and potatoes and cook all together until the potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes, stirring to combine well so the soup thickens evenly without developing lumps.

4.  Bring the soup back to a boil, stirring to make sure it doesn’t stick or burn.

5.  Add the corn, stirring to combine.  Cook about 5 minutes or until the corn is cooked through.

6.  Pour in the hot milk and cream, stir to combine, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

7.  Serve garnished with thinly sliced chives, if desired, and serve.

Bacon, Corn, and Potato Chowder from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks


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