Monday, June 10, 2013

Recipe: Savory Bacony Potato Chowder

One of the items tucked in my Vida Vegan Con goodie bag was a little packet of WayFare Foods Pig Out bacony bits.  This is the kind of indulgence I typically don't splurge on, but since it was RIGHT THERE, I immediately tore open the seal and tasted a pinch.  Oh to my delight when my tastebuds were greeted by the smoky, savory crunch that time forgot.  These tasted just like the bacon bits of my childhood, but without the grease!

I couldn't wait to get back home to try creating a recipe that incorporated that flavor.

My first thought was a baked potato slathered with vegan sour cream and topped with chives and the bacony bits.  But then I decided to get a little more creative by transforming those flavors a potato chowder.  

The rich and creamy texture of the potatoes combined with the sweetness of the smooth broth contrasted perfectly with the crunchy saltiness of the bacony bits.  I topped everything with fresh chives form my garden and enjoyed a heavenly light lunch that felt like a summer camp in my backyard.

Savory Bacony Potato Chowder
2 cups Russet potatoes, washed and diced into small chunks, then cooked until fork tender
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/4 celery, sliced fine
1 Tbl olive oil
2 tsp WayFare Foods Pig Out Bacony Bits
1 Tbl nutritional yeast
1 cup plain rice milk
1 Tbl Earth Balance margarine
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 Tbl chives, sliced fine

In a medium sauce pot, saute onion and celery in olive oil until soft.  Add cooked potatoes, bacony bits, nutritional yeast and rice milk and stir to combine.  Turn up heat and bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are falling apart and sauce has thickened.  Stir in Earth Balance margarine and garnish with fresh chives.


Joanna said...

I can't wait to try your recipe for "Savory Bacony Potato Chowder".
Is the Way Fare Foods Pig Out Bacony Bits available in the Hartford or New Haven area?

I don't need a vegetable peeler right now but the one that you recommend seems great. The trio would be a great bridal shower gift.

Mary Lawrence said...

Thank you for your comment, Joanna. I haven't seen it in stores in the New Haven area, and I've been searching for it ever since I got back from my trip to Portland! I checked the store locator on their website and it looks like the closest location is DC and PA. I don't know when they'll be expanding their reach to New England, but I think you can purchase their products online. Here's the link: