Corn Chowder

18 Mar

A couple of weeks ago Seth and I stopped in at Mimi’s for lunch where I ordered a half turkey sandwich with a small bowl of corn chowder. Somehow that corn chowder hit just the right spot and I knew I needed to make my own.

I don’t think I’ve ever made corn chowder before, but it was way easy and so delicious! It had the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch from the corn and a nice complement of salty from the bacon. Did I mention it has thyme in it too? This is another recipe from my America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook of which I’m sure I’ll be making again. The soup can be made with either fresh or frozen corn which makes it the perfect year-round recipe!

 

Corn Chowder

America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

Serves 6

2 pounds frozen corn
4 slices bacon, chopped fine
1 onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups whole milk
12 ounces red potatoes (2 medium) scrubbed and cut into 1/4 –inch cubes
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
Salt and Pepper

Cook the bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, blend half of the frozen corn in a blender with the 3 cups of chicken broth until smooth.

Add the onion to the bacon and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Slowly stir in the milk, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in the potatoes, corn puree, bay leaves, thyme and remaining corn. Bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are almost tender, about 15 minutes.

Stir in the cream. Continue to simmer until the corn kernels are tender yet still slightly crunchy, about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

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2 Responses to “Corn Chowder”

  1. megan September 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    This recipe is great…. and for a variation of it, my mom tried adding 3 cans of chopped clams with their juice and it was fantastic. A nice mix of corn and clam chowder. Give it a shot! also, thank you for posting this recipe!

    • Karen @ Gravy Training September 27, 2011 at 8:43 am #

      It didn’t even cross my mind to add clams… great idea! I’m definitely going to try it that way next time!

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