-4 pieces thick-sliced bacon, chopped
-1 medium onion, finely chopped
-1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
-Salt and freshly ground black pepper
-1 small jalapeno, chopped seeds and ribs removed
-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
-4 cups chicken stock
-2 large red potatoes, well scrubbed and small diced
-1 cup heavy cream
-16 ounces frozen corn
-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-1 bay leaf
In a small saucepan over medium heat, saute the bacon until crisp and browned and the fat is rendered. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel and reserve. There should be about 4 tablespoons of bacon grease in pan.
Add the onions and red pepper to pan. Saute until tender and translucent, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the jalapeno and garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the flour until thoroughly combined. Cook the flour until it reaches a slight blonde color, about 1 minute. Stir in the chicken stock and the potatoes and simmer for 10 minutes; potatoes will become soft. Add the cream, corn, cayenne and bay leaf. Simmer for 15 more minutes. Pour into a serving bowl and garnish with the reserved bacon.
This is Gina Neely's recipe from food network, and it is AWESOME. I have made it 3 times since seeing the show in August. I always serve it with BLT's so you make use of the other slices of bacon!