Cheddar and Seafood Chowder

Contributed By: Parker


6 bacon strips, chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped sweet orange pepper
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
2 cups 2% milk
2 medium red potatoes, cubed
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 pound bay scallops
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings.
2. In the drippings, saute the celery, orange pepper and onion until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened.
3. Add the potatoes, seafood seasoning and salt; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
4. Add shrimp and scallops; cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp turns pink and scallops are opaque. Stir in cheese until melted. Garnish each serving with bacon.

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Five Star Recipe
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
YIELD: 6 servings.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 309 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 981mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.

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