Not Quite The Farmers Daughter

Not Quite The Farmers Daughter

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Hump Day! Let's Get Comfortable Series Week #3

Happy Hump Day!!! That means just two days until Friday! I don't know about you, but as always the week just can't go fast enough.  Today is an extra special day in our house, my hubby is celebrating his birthday today.  So with our annual festiveness, it's all about Dad today and all of his comfort cravings.  This most likely will be ice cream cake and anything from pizza to potato soup.  So in his honor today I am sharing his favorite Fall soup recipe.  This is one of those comfort soups that fills you up and keeps you feeling warm and fuzzy all day long!  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Dad's Favorite Mashed Potato and Bacon Chowder
1-2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
1 bag, 32 oz frozen cubed hash brown potatoes
1 bag, 12 oz frozen mixed veggies with okra
5 cups chicken stock or  broth
1 bunch Chopped green onion
½ lb bacon fried and crumbled, reserve 2 tbsp of bacon dripping
3 cups heavy cream (use more if you want extra creamy)
1 1/2 cups Shredded Colby/Monterey Jack Marble cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
3 tbsp Arrowroot or cornstarch (if using starch dissolve in some room temp broth before adding to soup) 
1tbsp Garlic powder
Sea salt to taste
Ground pepper to taste
1/2 tsp Chipotle chili powder  (optional, but gives great flavor) 
Small sprinkle of cayenne pepper (optional but gives depth to the soup)
Olive oil and 3 tbsp butter

In soup pot coat bottom with olive oil, butter and 1 tbsp bacon rendering (optional), heat on medium.  Add seasonings and warm until fragrant, add frozen veggies and arrowroot(cornstarch).  Add 3 cups of chix broth and cook on medium high until veggies are thawed.  Once thawed add mashed potatoes and rest of chicken broth.  Add bag of cubed hash browns and put heat on medium.  Add bacon and 1 ½ cups cream.  Heat through.  Taste and season accordingly.  Once all heated through and potatoes soft, add green onion, cheese and sour cream.  Heat until thickened slightly and serve. 

This is a great recipe to double and put in a crock pot for a big family gathering.  Serve sides of croutons, extra crumbled bacon, shredded cheese and chopped green onion.  Great to make the day after Thanksgiving when you have a ton of leftovers and can serve with toasted turkey sandwiches!

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