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Potato and Bacon Chowder

December 2, 2016
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It’s cold, and I hate the cold. I hate runny noses, and snow-pants and having to hibernate in my house for 3 straight months. One thing I don’t hate though, is soup. Soup is my happy-place in the winter, its the silver lining on the snow cloud. If I could eat it every meal of every day, I would, and I have.

My soup addiction may have reached a whole new level though recently when I acquired a Kenmore Pro Blender by Sears Canada, it has a crazy strong motor that makes blending soups into creamy goodness an absolute breeze!
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I love the giant Jug that allows me to transfer from the pot to the blender with ease, and of course, I love that it looks so good on my counter!

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In fact, its comparable to another blender that I have had my eye on for a while now, that has always been out of my price range (*cough *cough Vitamix). At $149.97 CAD though, the Kenmore Pro Blender fits into almost any budget! Check it out at Sears Canada.

 

Potato and Bacon Chowder
makes about 4 bowls
You Will Need

 

  • 6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 5 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • .25 cup butter
  • .25 cup sour cream
  • .5 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 – 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2.5 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 2 bay leaves
  • .5 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1.5 cups half and half

In a lar161205_112929_collage-1ge soup pot, melt the  butter. Add in peppers and onions,saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds longer. Stir in flour, and cook 2 minutes stirring constantly until its well combined. Then, while stirring, add in chicken broth and whisk until blended. Add potatoes and bay leaves and season with salt and pepper.  Bring mixture to a boil while stirring frequently, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove half of the soup to your Kitchen-Aid Pro Blender and blend on level 5 for 45 seconds.

Return blended soup to soup pot.  Add in bacon, corn and half and half and simmer, uncovered 10 – 15 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.

Serve and enjoy

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