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MorningStar Kitchen

Smoky Potato Chowder

Yield: 6-8 Servings

6 Strips Applewood Smoked Bacon

2 Tablespoons Bacon Drippings

8 Cups Diced Red Skin or Yukon Gold Potatoes

2 Cups Diced Rutabaga

1 Cup Diced Onions

4 Cups Half and Half

4 cups Milk

1 Tablespoon Texas Roadhouse Seasoning

1 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

1 1/2 Teaspoon Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon Ground White Peppercorns 

Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, and Scallions 


When it's chilly outside, nothing seems to warm the heart quite like a bowl of potato chowder. With the addition of rutabaga, this recipe kicks it up above and beyond even the most demanding expectations.  The rutabaga gives it a heartiness and depth of flavor hard to find in other versions of the old standby. Add the smokiness of the applewood smoked bacon, and this one becomes more than delicious. It becomes memorable!

Cook bacon in large Dutch oven placed over medium heat. Set bacon aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings in the pan. Add potatoes, rutabaga, and onion to the pan. Sauté, stirring frequently, until the potatoes and rutabaga are fork tender and the onions are transparent.  


Add Half and Half, milk, cider, and seasonings to the pan. Combine well and reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, for 45-60 minutes. Remove from heat and blend with an immersion blender until desired consistency has been reached.


Chop bacon and add to blended mixture. Test seasonings and adjust as desired. Let soup stand over low heat, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes before serving. Ladle chowder into soup bowls and garnish as desired with sour cream, cheese, and scallions. 


MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
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Texas Roadhouse
Central Texas is famous
for its roadhouses, where
the specialty is hearty meats,
seasoned with spice rubs and smoked for hours. The flavors are savory and sweet at the same time. And always distinctly Texan! Our Roadhouse blend is a tribute to that tradition. It's great on ribs and briskets. Potatoes and corn, too!
Texas Roadhouse Seasoning from MorningStar Kitchen
Alderwood  Smoked
Sea Salt
Slowly smoked over Alaskan
Alderwood, this finishing salt
adds an exquisite, smoky touch to grilled meats, vegetables, potatoes, salad - and even desserts. Simply sprinkle a little on top before serving.
Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt from MorningStar Kitchen
White Peppercorns from MorningStar Kitchen
White Peppercorns
The pepper of choice in
most European kitchens,
white peppercorns are
released from their outer black shell by soaking. The process results in a more mellow taste than that of black pepper. And the creamy color works perfectly in recipes that are lighter in color.
At MorningStar Kitchen we are BIG on soups! We love them so much that every January we celebrate "Soup Season."
If you're like us, you'll want to try some of our other soup recipes. Why not check them out, starting with our recipe for 
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