SMOKED SALMON CHOWDER
5 strips of bacon - diced
2 onions - diced
3 sticks of celery - chopped
6 medium potatoes - cubed
2 Tbs. garlic - minced
1 tsp. black pepper
2 12 oz. cans evaporated milk
8 oz. smoked salmon bellies - skin off and flaked by hand
red pepper flakes and salt to taste
Cook bacon to desired crunchiness and set aside, reserving 2 Tbs. of bacon drippings. Saute onions and celery in drippings. Add onions, celery, and three cups of water to four quart pot. Add potatoes, garlic, and pepper. If using a crock pot cover and cook on low for 5-8 hours. If on the stove, on low for 1-3 hours. Remove from heat and mix in smoked salmon and evaporated milk. Cook on medium for ten minutes. Finish with salt and red pepper flakes. Serve with bacon on top. Find some good beer, hearty bread, and get your grub on!
Remember that it will just get better with time, so plan for leftovers.
If you want to buff it up a little add a couple cans of corn when you are putting in the potatoes.