Everyday Meals

Potato Bacon Corn Chowder

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bacon, diced
  • 3onions, diced
  • 1 bunch celery, diced
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 quarts water, divided
  • 1 gallon heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 18potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 (16 ounce) packages frozen corn
  • 1red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 pinches red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Place bacon in a large heavy-bottom pot and cook over medium-high heat until crispy, about 10 minutes. Add onions and celery to bacon and stir until coated in bacon grease; add garlic.

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  • Step 2

    Pour 1 quart water over onion mixture and cover pot; steam vegetables until partially tender, about 5 minutes. Add remaining 1 quart water and cream; reduce heat to medium.

  • Step 3

    Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir flour into melted butter and cook until mixture forms a paste. Add potatoes to flour-butter paste and cook until paste is lightly browned and the raw flavor of flour is gone, about 5 minutes. Slowly stir potato mixture into vegetable and cream mixture and cook until soup is smooth, potatoes are tender, and temperature is 170 degrees F (75 degrees C) to 180 degrees F (80 degrees C), 30 to 40 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Cook and stir corn and red bell pepper together in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Mix corn mixture into soup and season with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

  • Cook's Note:

    Add a few drops of hot sauce if desired.

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