Potato Bacon Corn Chowder
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound bacon, diced
  2. 3 onions, diced
  3. 1 bunch celery, diced
  4. 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  5. 2 quarts water, divided
  6. 1 gallon heavy whipping cream
  7. 1 cup butter
  8. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  9. 18 potatoes, peeled and diced
  10. 2 (16 ounce) packages frozen corn
  11. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  12. 2 pinches red pepper flakes, or to taste
  13. 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
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