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Loaded Potato Chowder

Chowder power! Whip up delicious dinner in a snap with this loaded potato chowder recipe. Alice Currah of SavorySweetLife.com shares the full post at Kitchen Explorers.


Prep time: 10 Minutes

Cook time: 20 Minutes

Yield: 6 servings



  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry or white wine
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 2 large Russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • chopped chives


  1. Cut the uncooked bacon in small pieces. Heat a heavy pan and fry the bacon pieces until crisp. Remove the bacon bits to a plate lined with a paper towel. Take a paper towel and soak up all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease and discard.
  2. Saute the onion, garlic, and thyme for 5 minutes until the onion is soft and tender. Stir in the dry sherry and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth, half and half, and bouillon. Bring the broth to a boil. Add the potatoes and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cover the pot and allow the soup to cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.
  3. To serve the soup, top each bowl with a couple spoonfuls of shredded cheese, sour cream, bacon pieces, and chives.
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