AKA Baked Potato Chowder
Ok… so maybe it’s not the least healthy ever… but its definately the least healthy one I’ve made.
Take 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of potatoes, wash them, chop or slice them, and put them into a pot. I usually use red potatoes if I’m buying them specifically to make either this or roast, otherwise, whatever potato happens to be sitting around works fine.
Cover in 2-3 cans of chicken broth, depending on how runny you want the end product, and boil.
Keep boiling until they fall apart a bit when treated roughly with the spoon… then turn off the heat but leave the pan on the burner.
Add in one packet of country style gravy mix by sprinkling it lightly on the top while stirring in so it doesn’t clump.
Add 1/2 stick of butter… just ignore it, it will melt during the rest of this and take care of itself.
Add in 1/2 bar of cream cheese. Stir and smoosh it against the side and such until its all either mixed in or in tiny floating pieces. (Yes, your potatoes are taking a beating in the process).
Add 8 oz container of sour cream, and stir until the small pieces of the cream cheese from the last step are mostly gone.
Add in a handful or two each of crumbled bacon and small ham cubes.
Add in a packet of instant mashed potatoes, any flavor… or if you just have the plain ones, about 3/4 of a cup, stir in well, and let sit for a minute or two until soup is cool enough to eat, then stir one last time before serving.
Scoop (or sometimes dump if its really thick) into bowls, and sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on the top.
I do not even want to know the calorie count and fat content, even using the lightest version of your options!
but.. on a cold day… its very yummy.