When leftover turkey happens turn it into this Turkey, Bacon & Corn Chowder for a filling, hearty soup.
Leftover turkey or chicken means new meals to create or old stand by’s will be made. Either way we love leftovers and the potential of some good eats in the days to come.
Today’s soup was both inspired from a similar soup by Curtis Stone (I got his cookbook for Christmas) and the desire to make a turkey soup with bacon. If you do not have any leftover turkey substitute roast chicken leftovers for an equally delicious tasting soup. But don’t forget the bacon!
I didn’t grow up eating chowder. My mom never made it and I had never heard about chowder of any sort until I moved to Vancouver. Chowder was a thing and came in many varieties. Adding cream to a soup was also a new concept for me but one that I latched onto quickly.
The flavour of this soup was spectacular to begin with, but when we finished it off two days later it seemed to taste even better. The addition of chilies adds a hint of heat….add more chilies if you want more spice in your soup. We enjoyed this soup and it has gone into rotation whenever there is leftover turkey in our house.
- ½ cup bacon (4-6 pieces), chopped
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- ½ cup celery + leaves
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme, leaves removed from stems
- 1 yellow potato, peeled and chopped
- 4 cups turkey or chicken broth
- 2 tbsp green chilies, canned
- 1 cup cooked turkey, chopped
- ½ cup cream
- salt and pepper
- 1-2 tbsp flour
- In a saucepan over medium heat, cook your bacon. When done, drain off most of the fat from the pan and place bacon on paper towel to drain. Set aside.
- In same pan with leftover bacon fat add your onions and celery and cook until onions start looking translucent. Sprinkle in flour and cook another minute.
- Add corn, thyme, potato, broth, green chilies and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Drop in turkey, cream and lower to a simmer.
- Cook until potatoes are cooked through.
- Serve with a sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley, or as is.