Sunday, December 4, 2016

Busy Days

I have been so busy lately that I haven't had much chance to blog.  Today we spent half the day looking for the right smoker for my husband.  We bought a brisket and some sausages and a pork butt to smoke, but we never found the right smoker.  So we're going with fajitas instead.

It's been so cold the last week, and we want hearty warm food for dinner.  Like the Bacon & Crab Chowder.  This really hit the spot.  It's so chunky and has such great flavor.  We used peppered bacon, but regular will do.  It was easy to put together and really didn't take too long.  Enjoy!

1/2 lb bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 red or orange bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T flour
4 C chicken stock
Salt & pepper, to taste
1 1/2 lbs baby red potatoes, chopped
1 lb jumbo lump crab meat
2 C frozen corn kernels
1 pint heavy cream
Chopped fresh parsley, if desired
Oyster crackers, for serving

Cook the bacon in a large pot or dutch oven until it's crispy. Drain the bacon on paper towels and set it aside.  Add the celery, onion, and bell pepper to the pot with the bacon grease.  Cook the veggies until they are tender.  Add in the flour and stir.  Add in the garlic, chicken stock and the potatoes and season with salt and pepper.  Bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Add in the cream, corn, and crab meat.  Cook an additional 5 minutes or so to heat it through. Stir in the bacon and serve with oyster crackers and parsley.