1 (8 oz) package Jones Dairy Farm Dry Aged Bacon
1 large shallot, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
8 cups turkey (or chicken) stock
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups raw sweet potato, peeled and chopped
4 cups cooked turkey meat, shredded or chopped
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Chop raw bacon into 1 inch pieces. Fry bacon in medium sauté pan until just crisp. Remove about 1/4 cup of bacon, crumble and set aside for garnish.
Add shallots and celery to bacon and grease in pan, cooking until soft, about 5 minutes. Add turkey stock, whipping cream and shredded cheddar cheese; whisk until melted and mostly smooth.
Add sweet potato, turkey, parsley and liquid smoke. Simmer about 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Whisk in xanthan gum and cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in fresh thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot, garnished with reserved cooked bacon and more fresh thyme leaves.