I had planned to post a cheap and delicious Christmas gift today, Friendship Soup Mix, but I realized that we need to do something with the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving! So I’m going to stick with the soup theme (because soup is usually cheap!), and share what I will be cooking this weekend!

Turkey Corn Chowder

To make thicker chowder, blend or process half of the corn until smooth before adding it to the soup. If you want cheesy chowder, add 1/2 cup shredded cheddar with the bacon. For lower fat, omit bacon, and add more salt.

6 fresh medium ears or 3 cups frozen corn, thawed
Whatever amount of cooked turkey you have, cubed! (2 cups?)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped sweet green pepper (optional – I usually don’t use this)
1TBSP cooking oil
2 14.5 oz cans chicken broth or fresh chicken/turkey broth
1 cup cubed, peeled potatoes
2 cups milk
2 TBSP all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper (I would use more)
2 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and crumbled
2 TBSP snipped fresh parsley (optional)

1. If using fresh corn, use a sharp knife to cut the kernels off the cobs.
2. In a large saucepan cook onion and sweet pepper in hot oil until onion is tender, but not brown.
3. Stir in chicken broth and potato. Bring to boiling; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Stir in the corn. Cook, uncovered for about 10 minutes more until potato and corn are tender, stirring occasionally.
5. In a small bowl, combine milk, flour salt and pepper; stir into corn mixture. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more.
6. Add bacon and turkey; cook until heated through. If desired garnish with parsley.

To truly make this feast “frugal,” you would have to get the bacon on sale (with The Grocery Game) Also, get lots of corn when it’s in season from local farms, cut it off the cob, and freeze it.)

More Frugal Feasts:
Friday’s Frugal Feast: Cake-In-a-Cup for Inexpensive Christmas Gifts
Friday’s Frugal Feast: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup