Do Yourself a Favor… {Make this soup!}

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 | 0 comments

Warning…  this post has a lot of bird-walking.

Sweet Potato Chowder, folks!  I’m tellin’ you.  Nom nom.

This chowder is so good that I started writing the post before I even tasted it.  Yeah, I know.  What I like most is when a soup you cook for just about 30 minutes tastes like it’s been cooking all day.  This one tastes just. Like. That.

Here is the one picture that turned out well.  Good thing it’s a closeup of bacon.  (If you’re vegetarian, don’t leave! I think this recipe would be delish sans bacon, too.)

 

This is like a “twofer” deal because you get the original recipe and my own adaptation.  Why my adaptation?  I don’t like chilies or peppers.  Isn’t it funny that my last name is Chiles but I don’t like chilies?  :-)  I always want to spell it chillies.  Or Chili’s like the restaurant.

Anyhoo, I pinned this recipe recently on my Food & Drink board.  Man, that board is getting crazy.  I need Pinterest to start allowing drag and drop editing with boards because mine are a bit cluttered.  I digress.

Here is the original recipe from Real Simple:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 sweet green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 large white onion, diced
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 13-ounce cans chicken broth
  • 3 canned chipotle chilies, finely chopped
  • 2 14-ounce cans corn
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • kosher salt

Directions

  1. Cook the bacon in a large stockpot over medium heat until it begins to crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Spoon off all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings.
  2. Add the peppers and onion to the bacon and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes, chicken broth, and chipotles and simmer, covered, 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Stir in the corn, milk, and ½ teaspoon salt and cook until heated through.

 

My problem is that chiles really don’t sit well with me, both in taste and digestion fun.  I just don’t put them in my food.  And the taste of any pepper- red, green, yellow… makes me want to gag. However, if you look at that recipe, you’ll see that it has quite a bit of chile and pepper action going on.   I knew that if I didn’t substitute anything else in for the chilies and peppers it would be pretty colorless and bland.  I also love a good, creamy chowder, so here’s my new, adapted version of this soup:

Nat’s Sweet Potato Chowder

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 large white onion, diced
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 13-ounce cans chicken broth
  • 2 14-ounce cans corn
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8-12 oz. frozen peas, to taste
  • kosher salt
  • Greek yogurt for serving

Directions

  1. Cook the bacon in a large stockpot over medium heat until it begins to crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Spoon off all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings. (I found that when I spooned off the grease it was exactly 1 tablespoon.  Just sayin’.)
  2. Add the onion to the bacon and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the onions are tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes and chicken broth and simmer, covered, 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Stir in the corn, peas, milk, and ½ teaspoon salt and cook until heated through.
  5. If desired, plop on some Greek yogurt.  Enjoy!
Yes, I basically just added peas and then there’s the whole milk/cream thing, but I appreciate details recipes.
Lastly, I’ve been curious for a long time about the difference between the sweet potato and the yam. I once made some sweet potato biscuits with what I thought were yams.  They turned out horrible.  HORRIBLE.  But I can’t blame it on the  yam, because this video I found points out that I most likely just had a different kind of sweet potato on my hands.
What Is the Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes

 

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