Serve this tasty alternative to mashed or baked potatoes with meat loaf or roast chicken.
Fry bacon in Dutch oven until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Saute onions in fat until tender. Add other vegetables, cover with stock, and simmer, partially covered, 20 minutes or until tender. As vegetables cook, in separate saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add flour, blend with whisk, and gradually add milk, stirring constantly to form a smooth sauce. Add to stew when vegetables are tender. Stir until smooth, add cream, and heat. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with reserved bacon.