Talk about a comfort food. This is so good. It warms you up AND fills you up! And isn’t all that bad for ya, which is always a plus. This is a recipe that i found somewhere online (can’t remember where) and adapted to my liking. It originally called for cream, which i replaced with milk to lower calories. I also altered a few seasonings and added more corn and potatoes. Hope you enjoy as much as we do! Let me know what you think or if you make any fun changes that your family likes.
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 c. all-purpose flour (or RICE flour if you are making it gluten free. . . i used brown rice flour)
1 c. water
4 c. milk (I use skim because it lightens it up but use whatever you want)
2 regular-sized chicken bouillon cubes or 2 tsp. chicken base
1/2 lb. bacon
1 medium onion, minced
3 red potatoes, diced into small cubes
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups of frozen corn
1/2 tsp of salt (you can add more at the end if you like it saltier. . . kinda depends on how salty your bacon is)
1/4 tsp of black pepper
A few dashes of hot sauce (I use Franks but use whatever you have/like)
Fry bacon until crisp. *For the sake of mess and convenience, I cook my bacon in the microwave. Don’t you hate all that splatter from frying bacon on the stove?? Line a dinner plate with a paper towel. Lay out stips of bacon on top of the paper towel. Cover with another paper towel. Put in microwave about 5- 6 min, depending on the strength of your microwave. Microwave until crispy. I really like this method too because most of the grease soaks into the towels, leaving you with a little healthier outcome. But, cook it however you like.
In the meantime, melt butter over low heat in a soup pot. When melted, add flour to make a roux and whisk until it comes together in little clumps.
Add water and whisk until completely combined and there are no lumps. Add milk and chicken base or bouillon and bring to a simmer until it thickens slightly. It should look about like this on the back of a spoon. Add potatoes, onions, and garlic, and simmer (but don’t boil!), stirring very frequently, for about 10 minutes. Add corn and cook another 10 min or until potatoes are tender. Add crumbled bacon and heat through. Add a few drops of hot sauce and then salt and pepper to taste.
Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with extra bacon and/or cheese if you want. I just sprinkle a little shredded sharp cheese on top of mine because I think it has enough bacon. But Joab says you can never have too much bacon. 🙂 To each his own. . .