I normally try to stick to a new recipe pretty closely, without changing anything the first time I make it. But there are exceptions as I learn more about my tastes, what works for me and what doesn’t. The Potato Bacon Chowder recipe I found at AllRecipes.com is one that I tried to stick to, but changed a little. My notes are in green below.
- 2 cups peeled, cubed potatoes (I used Yukon Gold)
- 1 cup water (I found this was not enough. It boiled away before the potatoes were done)
- 8 bacon strips
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery (ewe. Celery is gross. I did not use it and never, ever will)
- 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted (I used cream of mushroom)
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (I omitted this at first because I thought the bacon would provide enough salt, but I was very, very wrong)
- Dash pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley (I didn’t use this because I didn’t have any)
- 1-2 tsp dried basil
- In a covered 3-qt. saucepan, cook potatoes in water until tender.
- Meanwhile, cook bacon in a skillet until crisp; remove to paper towels to drain.
- In the same skillet, saute onion and celery in drippings until tender; drain. Add to undrained potatoes.
- Stir in soup, milk, sour cream, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until heated through (do not boil).
- Crumble bacon; set aside 1/4 cup. Add remaining bacon to soup along with parsley. Sprinkle with reserved bacon when serving.
Next time I will add more basil, possibly some oregano, and maybe even a dash or two of hot sauce. It was just a little too bland for my taste. I will add maybe 1/2 cup more potatoes too. A word of warning: do not add the bacon right away if you intend to make the chowder ahead of time and serve it the next day. It gets chewy and gross. Add it just before serving if you make it earlier. Honestly, though, I hate making bacon. It’s delicious, but it’s messy and I hate having to wipe down the stove surface, the side of the refrigerator, the floor surrounding the stove, the countertop next to the stove, all the things on the countertop… ugh. I might get lazy next time and just buy bacon bits.