Cook the Book Fridays: Potato Chowder from Everyday Dorie

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This week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s latest cookbook, Everyday Dorie and is the perfect “ease back into real life” food after the holidays. Dorie’s taken potatoes, leeks, shallots, garlic and onions for a soup base that you can leave chunky or partially mash or blend completely, then given a few different options for add=ins or toppings depending on the season. Simply brilliant!

I made the basic recipe, adding in some thick Greek yoghurt in at the end and omitting the optional milk/ half and half (I don’t like soup that splits because of the dairy when you reheat it and this way you can make it as creamy as you like). We topped it with crispy bacon and spring onions (scallions) and it tasted just like a baked potato, only in soup form (kind of reminded me of this version using a slow cooker)!

This is a fabulous recipe to have in the back of your pocket, along with all the variations and customisations. I’ll be going back to this again and again!

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Potato Chowder Lots of Ways on page 63  of Everyday Dorie.

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14 thoughts on “Cook the Book Fridays: Potato Chowder from Everyday Dorie”

  1. Mardi’s right – this was a perfect, hearty bowl for a chilly winter’s eve.

    While great vegetarian, for me the crispy bacon was the added delight. Could easily add leftover chicken, some duck…possibilities endless. (Though I tend to think more to birds…)

    Pairing for this was a split, which was interesting. The first glass was with a wonderful white from the Rhone; enough stuffing to stand up to the flavours of the soup, and quite complementary. The second (only as we had two open bottles to finish…) was a Shiraz from Australia. While a more muted version, it wouldn’t have been the ideal match…if you want a red, go lighter.

  2. I agree! I called this a good back-pocket recipe too (great minds…) I like the clear look of your bowl. You must not have mashed yours as much as I did.

  3. I didn’t think about putting this in my back pocket, but that’s the perfect idea – it’s that kind of recipe. I really enjoyed this chowder. Some neighbors stopped by for summer and emptied their soup bowls (am guessing they liked it). I notice you didn’t cube your potatoes. That’s an idea also. Nice job.

  4. This was perfect for this cold weather that we are having. I like all the variations that can be used, either in the soup or for the toppings. It looks like a winner all around.

  5. What a great idea with the yogurt! I, too, dislike soup splitting upon reheating because it’s a go-to big batch kind of thing for me for weekday dinners. Love how that blue bowl looks in the photo as well. 🙂

  6. Wasn’t this just perfect ? Right after the holidays is exactly when I needed a fabulous recipe for simple comfort food that is easy and flexible. Love the crisp of your bacon- I will definitely be using bacon when I make this again.

  7. I will go along with you on the clear version of the chowder, especially if you are making a big batch of it. One can always add the milk/cream to a smaller serving from that batch as and when required. A keeper recipe!!


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