It was a no-brainer because in our house what is usually left after a turkey dinner is lots of skin and bones (for making stock), and random bits and pieces of turkey meat that lend themselves perfectly to being eaten out of a bowl.
Last year I made this Pumpkin Chicken (or Turkey) Chili which was a huge hit. This year, I wanted to try making a creamy and satisfying chowder, and I knew that Jones Dairy Farm’s Dry Aged Cherry Hardwood Smoked Bacon would be the perfect addition.
The bacon itself was the best I’ve ever had! Dry aged + Cherry Hardwood Smoked = THE BEST BACON EVAH! Trust.
I put the word “smoky” in the title of this recipe not just as a gimmick, but because it REALLY IS SMOKY! The bacon was so loaded with smoky porky flavor that I couldn’t stop eating it right out of the pan!
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That smokiness was somewhat diluted by the soup, so I added a bit of liquid smoke flavoring to the broth which pushed this chowder over the edge into something extraordinary!
The cherry hardwood smoked bacon pieces that I cooked into the soup rendered down to silky morsels that delivered amazing flavor in every bite. I did manage (barely) to save some of the crispy bacon to garnish the soup with, and that added a satisfying crunch and burst of bacon flavor at the end.
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I was originally planned to use cauliflower in place of potatoes, but I decided to splurge a little by using a small amount of sweet potatoes instead – they added a lovely color and slight sweetness that perfectly complemented the creamy, smoky broth. If you want to further reduce the carb count though, cauliflower would work well as a low carb potato substitute in this recipe.
This is comfort in a bowl people. You might think you’re sick of turkey by the end of this weekend, but I promise that if you try this chowder you’ll consider roasting another one ASAP just to have leftovers so you can make it again!
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And if you don’t want to go to all that trouble you can simply purchase a rotisserie chicken and a package of Jones Dairy Farm Dry Aged Cherry Hardwood Smoked Bacon from your local grocery store and make this delicious low carb chowder any time of the year!
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