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Potato & Corn Chowder with Bacon Served in Bread Bowls

Day #6 of Eat Out of the Fridge/Pantry Week….and we’re still cooking strong.  As you can imagine creating new dishes or testing recipes every night leads to an abundance of open ingredients that begin to take over the Fridge/Freezer and Pantry.  As we stared into our refrigerator full of Thanksgiving leftovers it was clear….enough is enough.  And we declared this week to be Eat Out of the Fridge/Pantry Week.

Chicken & Waffle Fries

We have had some great dinners this week and they were quite different than our usual week night fillers.  We’ve turned a bag of shredded hash browns & some frozen chicken breasts into Chicken & Waffle Fries (thank you Pinterest – Post Coming Soon).

Mexican Casserole

Frozen ground turkey, canned tomatoes and RO*TEL, Mexican spices, and tortilla chips became a yummy Mexican Casserole (thank you From Away for the inspiration).

Spicy Indian Beef Curry

And last night, my Mexican Casserole was beat out by this Spicy Indian Beef Curry Dish…oh my word what goodness!!

So tonight we shall have Corn & Potato Chowder with Hot Italian Sausage Bacon (seems the frozen sausage may have hung around a little too long).  Mind you it was my night to cook.  That’s one of the rules of Eat Out of the Fridge/Pantry Week…you must alternate cooking nights.

Bread Machine Bread Bowls

To kick it up I planned to serve the chowder out of Bread Machine Bread Bowls (hoping for some style points).

Potato & Corn Chowder

We’re feeling so cocky about our work this week, we may challenge each other to a 2nd week (but only after a weekend of fresh seafood and produce).

Potato & Corn Chowder with Bacon Served in Bread Bowls

Corn & Potato Chowder with Bacon {Served in Bread Bowls}

Libby with Lemony Thyme
5 from 2 votes
Course Soup
Servings 4


  • 1/4 lb. bacon cut across grain into 1/4″ pieces
  • 1 small onion diced (or 4 shallots and 6 pearl onions you happen to have on hand)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 potato small diced (or 6-8 tri-colored fingerling potatoes you happen to have on hand)
  • 2 jalapeno fine diced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried sage
  • 1 Tbl. fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 Tbl. flour
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup milk or cream or evaporated milk you happen to have on hand
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 scallions thin sliced (yes Shelby, we had them on hand)
  • crispy crumbled bacon for garnish


  • In a dutch oven, brown bacon over medium-low heat. Reserve 2 Tbl. for garnish.
  • Add onion, garlic, jalapeno, and potato and saute until onions are tender.
  • Add thyme, sage, and parsley, then sprinkle mixture with flour and saute for 1-2 minutes longer.
  • Add corn, chicken broth and milk, increase heat to med-high and bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce to low heat and simmer 8-10 minutes until potatoes are tender. Season with salt & pepper.
  • Serve in bowls (or bread bowls if you happen to have them on hand), top with scallions and reserved crispy bacon.