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November 15th, 2011, 05:55 PM
VikingMamma VikingMamma is offline
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Okay, so I just followed an recipe, but I tweaked it just a little bit in terms of the meat.

Here's the original recipe:

3 bacon strips, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken broth
2 large baked potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup half-and-half cream
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Minced fresh parsley


In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Set bacon aside. Saute onion and garlic in the drippings until tender. Stir in flour, salt, basil and pepper; mix well. Gradually add broth. Bring to boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes, cream and hot pepper sauce; heat through but do not boil. Garnish with bacon, cheese and parsley.

How I changed it:

All I did was use 5 pieces of bacon instead (which going back now, I think 3 was enough) and then after crisping the bacon, I took a ham steak and cut it up into small pieces and cooked that through. I placed them to the side and followed the given instructions as they read. I added the bacon and ham back in once I was finished adding in the broth, but before boiling/stirring for two minutes. For the hot sauce, I just used tobasco and did like three little shakes into the whole pot.... I didn't want to overdo the hot sauce.

This serves 4 people, but I think those are VERY generous servings as it's a very filling dish. My mom and I were the only ones home so I froze the rest!

Oh I also served sourdough bread slices alongside the soup for dipping
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