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. 

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

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.  


  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.

  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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