Is it cold where you are? I can't really complain about being cold here, cause when I do, my friends from Massachusetts make fun of me. 62 degrees (F) seems really cold though when it is humid and windy. Not to mention I drive a scooter and have no heating in my house. I have bared many a New England winter so I do know what real cold feels like, but sometimes here there is just a night when your bones feel cold and when you get off the scooter you just want to get in bed under the covers. This is the kind of soup that can warm your bones. It is nothing special, a pretty straight forward chowder, but extra smoky bacon and a store bought bread bowl really push it over the edge of awesome.
Do you guys do this to your celery? I thought everyone did until Rich acted like I was crazy when I made chili with him a few weeks ago. It gets rid of that stringy texture the outer celery has. If you don't feel like getting out the peeler, you can just snap it in the center and pull off the strings.
I only used 6 slices of bacon, but the soup could have used a bit more. This bacon was more smoky than the usual kind we get for breakfast. Look around in the bacon area and pick something more interesting than the usual brand name you get.
Cook the chopped up bacon in the soup pan then remove it. You need that bacon juice to build the base of your soup.
Celery and carrots first because we left them a little chunky.
After 5 minutes we put in the smaller diced onions.
Some garlic at the last minute, then a few tablespoons of flour and pat of butter. Stir this around and let it cook for about 2 minutes. Add warmed chicken broth and mix it all up for a bit to make sure there aren't any lumps. Then add milk. As much as you like. It is up to you if you want it creamier or stockier. We used whole milk but you could also use cream or half and half. Add the potatoes and boil away until tender. About 20 minutes.
When the potatoes were ready, we added some corn.
About a cup of cheddar.
Just store bought bread hollowed out.
Sprinkle the bacon on top.
Mine was sourdough, and Mandi's was something grain.
I'm not gonna write out the recipe, cause I think I explained it enough earlier! Plus it's Friday. Have a good weekend!