Now that the chill of winter has set in, I want something hot and hearty for dinner – but I don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking when I get in at the end of the day. Me? I want to get under a warm blanket as soon as I can! I found this fantastic Gooseberry Patch cookbook – One-Pot Meals. What could be more simple? “Flavor without the fuss …home-cooked dinners your family will love!”
The recipes cover most every cooking method you might use, including range-top, crockpot, microwave, and even campfire entrees, as well as cold salads and desserts. As I set the book down and randomly flipped open the pages, what did I land on but a personal favorite of mine all year round – Potato-Corn Chowder! The publishers allow me to share a recipe with you occasionally, so here it is:
- 2 – 10-3/4 oz cans potato soup
- 2 – 14-3/4 oz cans cream-style corn
- 8 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled (substitute ready-cooked bacon if you’re short on prep time)
- 1/2 to 1 C milk (for extra creamy soup or chowder, replace milk with evaporated milk)
- salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste
- Optional: 1 to 2 T bacon drippings
- Garnish: fresh parsley, chopped
Blend soup and corn in a slow cooker; add bacon along with bacon drippings if desired. Add milk until soup is of desired consistency; add seasonings to taste. Heat on low setting in your slow cooker for 8 to 10 hours. Sprinkle individual servings with parsley. Serves 6 to 8.
Imagine coming home in the evening to the scent of a steaming pot of this chowder! Better hope you’re the first one in the kitchen!
My recipe short-hand: C = cup; T = tablespoon
Hmmm….now what do they have in here that will work for a hungry crowd that’s coming over for some big event I’ve heard is happening this weekend? You know, the one where everyone gathers around giant T.V. screens to watch a whole bunch of commercials, periodically interrupted by some bits of guys running about a field, chasing after an odd-shaped, punkin’-looking thing?
~Janet @ The Christmas Place
P.S. Check out some of the other yummy cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch – they’re the best books you’ll find anywhere!