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Souper Bowl Bread Bowls

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Makes

6 servings

You'll score points when you spoon the halftime meal into these hearty bowls. The bread's spongy texture makes it the perfect container for the creamy full-flavored chowder...or a thick soup, stew or chili. -Darlene Alexander, Nekoosa, Wisconsin
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water (70° to 80°)
  • 1 cup warm milk (70° to 80°)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • VEGETABLE CHOWDER:
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3-1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4-1/2 cups milk
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. In bread machine pan, place the first seven ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  2. When the cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into six portions; shape into balls. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Brush with egg white. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
  3. To make bowl, cut the top fourth off of bread; carefully hollow out bottom of each, leaving a 1/4-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use).
  4. For chowder, in a large saucepan, saute onion and celery in butter until tender. Add mixed vegetables. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in milk until combined. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in bacon, bouillon, seasoned salt and pepper until bouillon is dissolved. Serve in bread bowls.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 727 calories, 26g fat (15g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 1458mg sodium, 102g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 8g fiber), 23g protein.

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