Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Corn Chowder


A few weeks ago, I tried the corn chowder from Panera Bread while out to lunch. I don't think I've ever had corn chowder before and it was delicious. A perfect soup for summertime. I instantly wanted to create my own recipe to enjoy at home. 


Since it's already extremely hot here in FL, I waited for a rainy day to try it out. Last week Tropical Storm Colin brought some full days of rain. I knew this chowder would be the perfect comfort food for those rainy days. I made sure to have all of the ingredients on hand and chose the rainiest day to make it. The entire meal took about 45 minutes to make. While I don't LOVE spending more than 30 minutes on dinner, there was only about 20-25 minutes of hands on time with this one. The chowder was full of flavor, perfect for a cold or rainy day. Hubs likes an extra kick in his, so he added a bit of hot sauce to his. This recipe serves 6-8 people, so I brought a big container to our neighbors to enjoy as well. 


Ingredients: 
2 cans cream style corn
1 1/2 cups frozen (or fresh) corn
1/2 cup chopped bacon 
2 large potatoes (3 medium)
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 green pepper (diced)
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups half & half
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper 
fresh parsley to garnish

Directions: 
1. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium high heat. Once crisp, chop. Reserve 2 tbs of the bacon drippings and 1 tbs of the chopped bacon. Set aside. 
2. Peel & chop potatoes. In a large pot, add the reserved bacon drippings, potatoes, onion and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes over medium high heat. 
3. Pour in chicken broth and all of the corn. Stir. 
4. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. 
5. Bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover. Let the chowder simmer for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are cooked & tender. 
6. Once potatoes are tender, warm half & half in a small saucepan just until it bubbles. As soon as it's bubbling, remove from heat and add to chowder. Stir well. 
7. Serve with fresh parsley and the remaining bacon.  


4 comments :

  1. This looks amazing. I make something similar but it calls for ham. I am going to gather up the ingredients for this and add it to our menu in the upcoming weeks.

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    1. I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

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  2. Just made this and added a little bit of a spice blend I have to it (additional paprika, onion powder, red bell pepper, etc) and had green onions on hand for the top too. Really good!

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