Combine first 3 ingredients in a pot; cover and cook over medium heat about 8 minutes. Stir in celery, corn, and onion flakes; cover and cook 10 minutes. Stir in softened cream cheese; stir until cheese is melted, add oysters, milk, butter and pepper; cook over low heat until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle each serving with bacon. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
Yield: about 2 quarts. Serves 10-12.
Gumbos, Soups, Chowders
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana