Great recipes to keep you warm on those cold January days

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Hashbrown Bacon Chowder

The temperatures keep dropping and with that the search for cold weather recipes keeps rising!

Everyone I know has been in the kitchen cooking their favorite winter recipes to keep everyone in their home nice and toasty this weekend! The wind has been blowing here and the rain has been pouring down which makes me want to curl up with a blanket and stay by the fireplace. One of our favorite ways to warm up during these cold January evenings is to settle down with a huge bowl of warm soup or hot chowder; it warms us from the inside out!

This Hashbrown Bacon Chowder has two of my husband’s favorite flavors; he loves potatoes and bacon! While I was browsing through the warm food recipes in my stash, I just couldn’t find a potato soup recipe that didn’t take forever to make. I was in a hurry and I was freezing so I knew that I didn’t want any cold weather food recipes that would need to spend hours on the stove; I needed something warm now.  So I got to work in the kitchen and we now have a new favorite with this Hashbrown Bacon Chowder!

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What you need:
1 stick butter
32 oz (1 large bag) potato puffs (hashbrowns)
½ cup flour + ½ cup milk
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups milk
½ teaspoon pepper
1 package bacon
Shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 1: Pre heat oven to 425F.

Step 2: Lay potato puffs (hashbrowns) onto a baking sheet in a single layer.

Step 3: Bake at 425F for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Remove from oven and let cool.

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Step 5: In a large pot, melt the stick of butter over medium heat.

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Step 6: Add in the cooked potato puffs (hashbrowns) and stir.

Step 7: Heat the potato puffs and break apart with a spatula or spoon.

Step 8: Once all of the potato puffs are broken down, add in the chicken broth. Stir to combine.

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Step 9: In a medium bowl combine ½ cup flour and ½ cup milk. Stir to form a paste.

Step 10: Whisk into chicken broth and potato puffs.

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Step 11: Stir in 2 cups of milk and the pepper.

Step 12: Bring to a boil and then reduce a simmer.

Angie_Warmrecipe7 Step 13: While the chowder is simmering, cut the bacon into 1 inch pieces.

Step 14: Cook the bacon in a large skillet until done.

Step 15: Drain on a paper towel.

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Step 16: Reserve some for garnish and add the rest of the cooked bacon to chowder.  Stir.

Step 17: Stir in the last two cups of milk.

Step 18: Heat until hot and serve.

(to reheat, add a few tablespoons of milk after re-heating and stir)

By: Angie of Big Bear’s Wife