Yes! Daytime temps here in north Texas finally fell below the 70 degree mark.
And, alert the media, we even dipped into the 30's at night.
Okay, so that kind of weather won't be around for long. At least not here. That means we have to make the most of it, right?
Halloween was our, comparatively, chilly day and I wanted something warm, hearty and Trim Healthy Mama approved for dinner. Earlier in the week, a friend had shared a recipe she found for a Crock Pot version of Chicken Bacon Chowder that sounded so yummy I couldn't wait to try it.
You can find that recipe here.
But since it was about 4:30 in the afternoon when I decided to make it, the Crock Pot was not an option. Plus I wanted to play with some of the ingredients.
Here's what I came up with.
You will need:
First, we're going to cook our bacon. Talk about making mouths water. If you have people who are going to want to sample the bacon, then you might want to cook up a little extra.
Once the bacon is crispy, remove from pan and drain off most, but not all, of the grease.
Then add your butter.
Once that's melted, add your onion, bell pepper and celery and saute until softened.
These look about ready. And yes, that's a different pan.
Here's where you get a little insight into how this blonde brain of mine actually functions.
Hmm...I want to make the soup in my cast iron dutch oven, but I've got to cook the bacon.
But that won't work in the dutch oven, so I guess I'll have to start with a skillet.
Did it ever occur to me that I was cutting the bacon up?
Of course, not.
Insert head slap and keep going.
Add the mushrooms and cook until softened.
Sliced thin, they don't take long.
Now add your chicken broth.
Once that's good and heated, add your cream cheese.
I cubed mine up so it would melt faster.
Once the cream cheese melted, I added the cheddar.
You could add more than 4 oz, if you like, which is what I think I'll do next time.
Maybe more like 6 oz. Oh, just add the entire 8 oz. brick.
Then throw in your cooked bacon. Or whatever's left of it after everyone has had a taste.
Next comes the cream and the seasonings.
And, finally, the chicken.
Cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes, though you could definitely go longer.
Low carb heaven in a bowl.
This is definitely one of those recipes you could play with to create different flavors.
Like maybe add a can of green chilies for a southwestern flavor. A little corn would work nicely with that, even though it would add some carbs.
The original recipe called for basil. Makes me think Italian, in which case I might add some Parmesan instead of cheddar, perhaps a little oregano.
I love recipes you can play with. Ones that start with a good base.
And with bacon as a base, what could possibly go wrong?
What would you add to yours?