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                    Southwestern corn and cheese chowder
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 Serving Size  : 11   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2       lg           Sweet potatoes peeled and
                         Cut into 1/2 cubes
    6       c            Chicken broth, homemade
    1                    Mexican bottle beer (12 oz)
    2       ts           Ground cumin
    1       ea           Bay leaf
      1/4   lb           Thick-sliced bacon
    1       lg           Onion, chopped
    2       cl           Garlic, minced
    1       cn           Creamed corn (16oz)
    1       cn           Diced green chiles (4oz)
    2       ts           Chili powder
                         Cayenne pepper to taste
    2       c            Milk
      1/2   c            Heavy or whipping cream
    1       lb           Monterey jack cheese
      1/2   c            Chopped fresh cilantro
   Place the sweet potatoes, 3 cups of chicken broth, the beer, cumin, and
   bay leaf in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then simmer until the
   potatoes are crisp-tender, 12-15 minutes.  Discard the bay leaf.
   Meanwhile, cook the bacon until crisp in a large stockpot.  Remove the
   bacon and drain on paper towels; when it is cool, chop or crumble it.  Add
   the onion and garlic to the fat remaining in the pot; saute over
   medium-high heat until quite soft, about 10 minutes.  Add the sweet
   potatoes with the cooking liquid to the onion and stir in the remaining 3
   cups broth as well.
   Add the creamed corn and green chiles to the soup and season with the
   chili powder and cayenne.  Gradually stir in the milk and cream.  Simmer
   the soup, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
   Shred 12 ounces of the cheese and cut the remaining 4 ounces into small
   dice.  Reduce the heat under the soup to low and add the shredded cheese,
   stirring just until melted.  Season the soup with salt and stir in the
   cilantro.  Ladle into bowls, stirring a tablespoon of diced cheese into
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