Potato, Bacon and Corn Chowder . . .

"A quick and delicious comfort food made with canned corn, potatoes and bacon."

Ingredients:

1/2 pound thick sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 

2 carrots, diced 

4 stalks celery, chopped 

1 bay leaf 

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour 

4 cups milk 

2 large potatoes, peeled and diced 

1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained 

1 pinch paprika


Directions:

     Cook the bacon pieces in a large skillet over medium heat until the fat has rendered, and the bacon is crispy, about 8 minutes. Remove the bacon, leaving the grease in the pan. Stir the carrot, celery, and bay leaf into the bacon grease; cook for 5 minutes.

     Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly whisk in the milk, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.      Once simmering, cook for 5 minutes, whisking frequently. Add the bacon, cooked vegetables, potatoes, and corn. Return to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes more. Use additional milk as needed to to achieve desired consistency.

     Garnish with paprika to serve.