Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Corn Chowder

Well...it certainly does not FEEL like a fall day here - another delightful, almost 80 degree day - but I'm not complaining. Even with the warm weather, here is what's cooking for dinner....homemade soup!! So yummy! The ingredient list seems long but don't be fooled - it really is not difficult and its worth any effort. (And one more reason to get excited - I paid under three dollars for gas last night....WOOHOO!!)

Corn Chowder

8 medium-size ears of corn

4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 TBL flour

3 cups chicken broth

2 medium red skin potatoes, cut in 1/4 inch pieces

1 tsp. minced fresh thyme

2 cups milk

1 cup heavy cream

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/3 cup white cheddar cheese

1. Cut kernels from 4 ears of corn (about 3 cups of kernels); set aside. Working over a bowl, grate remaining 4 ears of corn on the large holes of a box grater. Scrape pulp from cobs (about 3/4 cup) using the dull side of a knife; set aside.

2. In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook bacon for about 6 minutes or until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper-towel-lined plate.

3. Add onion to pot and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until golden brown. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add flour and stir constantly for 2 minutes.

4. Whisk in chicken broth . Add potatoes, thyme, milk and grated corn and pulp. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Using a potato masher, press down on the potatoes 4 to 5 times. Stir in cooked bacon.

5. Add whole corn kernels and heavy cream and cook and additional 5 minutes or until corn is tender but still crunchy. Stir in salt and pepper. Ladle chowder into bowls. Top each serving with a little cheddar cheese, dividing equally.

(If anyone can tell me how to "single space" the ingredients that would be wonderful....I tried everything)

1 comment:

  1. Okay, that recipe looks good. I like corn chowder, but have never made it myself.

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