Cod Chowder with Bacon & Sweet Potatoes

Cod Chowder with Bacon & Sweet Potatoes
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  • 4Servings


  • 1 multigrain torpedo-shaped sandwich roll (4 oz.), cut into 8 slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic -- 1 whole, 3 finely chopped
  • 6 slices center-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large sweet potato (about 1 lb.), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 bottles (8 oz. each) clam juice
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 pound cod fillet, cut into 1-inch pieces


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, arrange the bread slices in a single layer and drizzle with the oil. Bake until the bread is toasted, 7 to 8 minutes. Rub the bread with the whole clove of garlic; discard garlic.

In a large saucepan, cook the bacon over medium until crispy, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Pour off all but 1 tbsp. of the bacon drippings from the saucepan. Add the onion and chopped garlic; cook over medium, stirring often, until the onion and garlic start to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sweet potato; cook, stirring often, until coated, about 1 minute. In a bowl, whisk the milk, clam juice and flour; pour into the saucepan. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture just begins to boil. Immediately lower the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the cod and three-quarters of the bacon; simmer until the potatoes are tender and the fish is just opaque in the center, about 5 minutes more. Season.

Top the chowder with the remaining bacon. Serve with the garlic toasts.