Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Day 34: Hearty Corn Chowder

We had another busy day at our house. You can tell, because on busy days we usually have soup for dinner (at least in the winter). I did have to use my propane camp stove again, but I have gotten over the guilt involved and I'm alright with it. :) This is a recipe I have had for years and I have no idea where it came from, only that we love it. It has 2 of my favorite meats in it--bacon and smoked sausage. I could write (really bad) poetry about bacon. Bacon is the food of the Gods. It adds so much flavor and its crispy crunch is irresistible. And it is perfect in this soup.
Hearty Corn Chowder
12" dutch oven
1/2 lb. sliced bacon
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cups diced peeled potatoes
1 cup water
2 cups corn
1 can cream style corn
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
6 oz. smoked sausage links, cut into 1/4" slices
1 tsp. dill weed
In your DO, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove to paper towels; crumble and set aside. Drain all but 2 Tbs. of the drippings. Saute the celery and onions in drippings until onions are lightly browned. Add the potatoes and water. Cover and cook 10 minutes. Stir in corn, milk, sausage, dill and bacon. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.
The Finished Product

What I Learned
That bacon cooked in a DO is Fabulous!!!
The Review
This is in my top 10 list of soups. It is amazing. The bacon and sausage give it just the right flavor, and the DO makes it even better. Tomorrows leftovers will be even better! This soup gets an easy A.
**Just a note--I doubled this recipe for my family and it fit great into a 12" oven. So this will probably fit in a 10" oven if it is not doubled.**


  1. Toni ~
    WOW - That looks delicious and I can't wait to try this one too! I guess I know what we are having for dinner one evening soon.

    You are definately correct that Bacon is a gift from above. And Smoked Sausage, well, that too would be yummy deliciousness from above.

    Added Bonus-
    Not only is Bacon quite tasty in the Dutch oven, it is also a great way to "re-season" with no extra effort, since your cooking it anyway.

    Keep on Cookin'!

  2. Yes to Bacon, we add maple bacon to spaghetti

  3. Tried your corn chowder minus the sausage as I have a picky husband. Great recipe...I would love it with the sausage though. Thanks for sharing. I actually cooked it on the stove top...trying to get inspired to use the DO.


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