Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder


8 slices center-cut bacon, shredded (half used for garnish)
1/2 little onion, shredded OR one teaspoon onion powder
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt & pepper
4 cups chopped or grated cauliflower (1/2 massive head) (I shredded it within the food processor)
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups broth, divided
2 cups two% milk
3-4 dashes sauce (or additional or less)
2-1/2 cups (12oz) chopped sharp cheddar, divided (half used for garnish)
2 inexperienced onions, shredded (optional)


    Whisk along flour and 1/4 cup broth in an exceedingly little bowl then put aside.
    Saute bacon in an exceedingly massive soup pot over medium heat till crisp. employing a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate then take away near one Tablespoon drippings from the pot. Add shredded onion (if victimization,) celery, and garlic to the pot then season with salt and pepper and saute till vegetables area unit tender, concerning 4-5 minutes.
    Add cauliflower and onion powder (if using) to the pot then stir to mix. Add water then place a lid on high and steam cauliflower till tender, stirring some times, concerning 5-7 minutes. Add remaining broth and milk then occur heat and produce to a boil.
    Slowly whisk in flour/chicken broth mixture whereas stirring, then flip down heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes, or till soup has thickened. shut down heat then stir in two cups cheddar till swish, then stir in 0.5 the braised bacon. style and regulate salt, pepper, and/or sauce if necessary. Serve screw-topped with remaining chopped cheese, braised bacon, and inexperienced onions, if desired.


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