This isn’t your average potato soup: packed with crispy chunks of smoked bacon & the delicate flavor of leeks, it takes this creamy, luscious bowl of goodness to a whole new level.
2 lbs. (910g) Russet Potatoes
12 oz (340g) Smoked Bacon
¼ cup (32 g) All Purpose Flour
2 ½ cup (600 ml) Chicken Broth
1 cup (240g) Shredded Cheese
3 tsp (12g) Minced Garlic
1 cup (240g) Diced Carrot
¼ cup (32g) Minced Leek
2 ½ cup (600 ml) Whole Milk
1 cup (240g) Sour Cream
4 tbs (56g) Butter
1 tsp (4g) Dried Oregano
3+ tbsp (42g) Green Onion, for garnish
3+ (42g) Chive, for garnish
2 tsp (8g) Salt
1 tsp (4g) Black Pepper
Prep Time: 15min | Cook Time: 20min
Peel potatoes and rinse in cold water. If you spot any eyes, remove them by digging them out with a small spoon or the tip of a peeler. Rough chop potatoes into cubes.
Place potatoes in a large pot. Cover with water until it is 1 inch above the potatoes, add 1 tsp of salt and bring to a boil. Allow potatoes to boil for 8 minutes.
While potatoes are boiling, chop bacon into bite-size pieces and sauté over medium-high heat in a large pot or Dutch oven. Once crispy, transfer bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel or cloth. Reserve 2 ½ tbsp of bacon grease. Set aside.
Wipe down the pot or Dutch oven if there are bacon bits or burnt residue stuck to the bottom.
Add reserved bacon grease and 4 tbsp of butter to the pot or Dutch oven; melt over medium-high heat.
Add minced leek and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
Whisk in flour. While continuing to whisk, slowly add in milk and chicken broth. Bring to a soft boil.
Using a potato masher, mash some of the chunks of potatoes to create a thicker consistency. Reduce heat to medium-low then add sour cream, cheddar, and half of the cooked bacon bits. Stir and return to a soft boil.
Remove from heat once boiling then add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. Add additional salt and pepper; serve immediately.
Garnish with remaining bacon, chive, green onion, and cheddar cheese.
Before frying bacon add a small amount of water, add 3 tbsp, to the pan which will help the bacon cook evenly.
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