November 23, 2008

Corn Chowder

The wind is howling. Dark grey, puffy clouds are sailing across a crisp blue sky.
Sun one minute, dark the next.

Time for some Chowder. Not Clam Chowder. Don't like clams.
Unfortunately no scallops in the house for Scallop Chowder. I love scallops.
I did manage to find a big can of corn in the depths of our mini pantry and we had some potatoes, onions and carrots. So, Corn Chowder it is.

Corn Chowder
serves 6-8

2 ounces thick cut bacon, diced

2 cups onion, diced
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
1 celery rib, diced (optional)
8 ounces white or yellow potatoes, peeled and diced
5 cups chicken stock
2 fresh thyme sprigs
3 cups corn - canned, frozen or fresh (about 6 ears)
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
a pinch of cayenne (optional)

Cook bacon in a large, heavy pot over moderate heat, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.
Add onion, carrots and optional celery to bacon fat and cook, stirring, until onion is softened, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add the potatoes, chicken stock and thyme and simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
Add the corn and cream and simmer 10 minutes, uncovered.
Add salt and pepper to taste, and optional cayenne, then stir in bacon and serve.

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Anonymous said...

Oooh, I love corn chowder! Though that scallop chowder sure is tempting...

Loulou said...

The scallop chowder is much richer and very, very good. But the corn chowder is great too!

My Mélange said...

mmm, mmm, good!

Love corn chowder.

Betty C. said...

I think I'll make that this week! I have a nice jar of organic corn...the weather is so dreadful, too!

Loulou said...

my mélange
Me too! I make lots of chowders during the cold months.

Enjoy! Hope you like the recipe.
We're supposed to get rain today and tomorrow but it looks sunny for our drive to the Charentes on Wednesday.

Cathy said...

My family is going to the Oregon coast for Thanksgiving. I'm going to make this to take along. Sounds warm and delicious.

Betty C. said...

I'm making this as I write! I'll tell you how it turns out. Of course my recipe-following was rather approximate, as usual, but all the main ingredients are there.

Farmgirl Susan said...

This looks wonderful - so cozy and delish. I can't believe I've never made corn chowder before. Shame on me! : )

Loulou said...

The Oregon coast is such a beautiful place! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the chowder!

Hope you enjoy it! I know you'll make a fantastic version. :)

Farmgirl Susan
It is a great dish when it's cold outside! If you grow corn and have some frozen kernels, they would be delicious.

Betty C. said...

Hey, I forgot to drop back and tell you that the chowder was fantastic. Even my daughter, who isn't that into corn, loved it.

Loulou said...

Thanks for letting me know! I love hearing that your daughter liked it too!
(how can someone NOT like corn?) :)

Betty C. said...

Well, I didn't say she didn't like it. She just isn't that crazy about corn-based dishes.

Loulou said...

I was just joking. :) I have a friend who doesn't like corn and I love it so can't understand it!
I'm so glad that you and your family enjoyed the soup.