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    After-Thanksgiving Turkey, Sweet Potato and Bacon Chowder

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    35 mins

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    Bridget Leigh's Note:

    I had this at a church function and searched out the person who brought it, so I could request the recipe. This is a fantastic recipe for using up leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Or, if you don't have any leftovers, it's also very good with rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.

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    1. 1
      In large, heavy pot set over medium heat, saute bacon until browned and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove to drain on paper towels. Crumble coarsely and set aside. Pour off all but 2 T of drippings in pan.
    2. 2
      Add onion and celery to same pot, still over medium heat.
    3. 3
      Saute, stirring, 2 minutes. Then add sweet potatoes, 3/4 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Saute, stirring, until slightly softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 3 1/2 cups of the broth, the thyme and sage and bring mixture to a simmer.
    4. 4
      While mixture is coming to a simmer, place flour in a small bowl and whisk in remaining 1/2 cup stock to form a slurry into soup once it comes to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook at a simmer until vegetables are tender, but not mushy, about 10 minutes.
    5. 5
      Whisk in the half and half, bring mixture to a simmer and cook 1 minute. Add turkey and cook 1 to 2 minutes to warm through. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
    6. 6
      The soup can be prepared 1 day ahead; cool, cover and refrigerate. Reheat over medium heat, stirring often.
    7. 7
      Serve chowder in 6 soup bowls and garnish each serving with some crumbled bacon and, if desired, with a fresh sage and thyme sprig.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 19, 2012


      Made this delicious soup after defrosting last thanksgiving's turkey. This is so satisfying. I used almond milk instead of cream, just bc I forgot to get the cream at the store. It was still amazing. Thanks for hunting the recipe down and posting it!

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    Nutritional Facts for After-Thanksgiving Turkey, Sweet Potato and Bacon Chowder

    Serving Size: 1 (364 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 285.3
    Calories from Fat 117
    Total Fat 13.1 g
    Saturated Fat 6.2 g
    Cholesterol 65.1 mg
    Sodium 744.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 18.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
    Sugars 3.8 g
    Protein 22.7 g

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