Friday, March 4, 2016

Potato Bacon Spinach Chowder #Recipe

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Potato Bacon Spinach Chowder


This is a perfect St Patrick's Day dish since it is green in color and  features potatoes.  Not to mention that it is extremely delicious!



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Printable Recipe


1/2 package bacon (previously chopped & fried - keep the pan that you fried the bacon in for sautéing the onions & celery)
1 large onion (peeled & chopped)
1/2 cup chopped celery
4 cups chicken broth
4 or 5 large potatoes (peeled, rinsed & chopped)
ground black pepper & ground cayenne pepper to taste
1 cup chopped chicken (optional)
3 cups frozen chopped spinach
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup flour

Begin by preparing the ingredients as listed above (frying the bacon & preparing the vegetables etc).  After you have fried the bacon - remove the bacon from the frying pan but then use that pan for sautéing the onions & celery for just a few minutes to remove that delicious flavor from the pan (see picture above) (IMPORTANT NOTE:  I always remove the fat from the pan when frying the bacon - however you may want to keep 1 teaspoon fat in the pan when sautéing the onions/celery - or just use 1 tablespoon olive oil instead).  In a large stock pot add the already sautéed onions/celery, add the chicken broth, potatoes & chicken (optional).  Place the pot over medium heat and boil for about 15 minutes before adding the spinach & pepper.



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After adding the spinach & pepper continue cooking until the spinach, potatoes & chicken are cooked.  In a separate bowl - whisk together the milk & flour until it is smooth with no flour blobs.  Stir in the flour/milk mixture into the soup and cook only for a few minutes - long enough to thicken the soup (see picture below).



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Now add the already fried bacon chunks (see picture below)
Serve & ENJOY!



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