Sunday, September 4, 2016

Bacon and Corn Chowder

As I mentioned earlier, my dad has been eating his weight in fresh corn this summer, buying it up at every sale (and there are a lot of them), and sharing it with me. I've fixed it in many ways, but now, with fall approaching, I've started to make chowder. This chowder is a snap to make, and is so rich and delicious that you’ll want to have it all of the time.
Bacon and Corn Chowder

5 slices bacon, cut into pieces (reserve some for garnish)
1 cup diced yellow onion
2 large carrots, diced
1 celery rib, diced
1/2 cup diced
Melissa's Fire Roasted Sweet Red Bell Peppers
6 Melissa's Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes, quartered
2-1/2 cups corn broth*
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3-4 ears corn, stripped of kernels, cobs reserved
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

* Make corn stock by using your stripped-of-kernels corn cobs and 3 cups water. Add a rib of celery, a couple of scallions, and half of a carrot, and cook for 20 minutes to reduce to 2-1/2 cups. If you prefer not to do this (although I do encourage it, and it is so easy), you may substitute chicken or vegetable stock.

Cook bacon in a large pot over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Into the pot vacated by the bacon place onion, carrots, and celery, and cook, stirring frequently until onion is softened, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add potatoes, broth, and thyme, and simmer, covered, until potatoes are just tender, about 15 minutes. Add corn, roasted red peppers, and cream, and simmer, uncovered, 10 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in bacon.
 Garnish with crumbled bacon, some kernels of corn, and chopped chives.

9 comments: said...

This looks like soup heaven to me! I recently made a corn and squash chowder but a light version, no cream, and boy did I miss the cream! Yours is perfect fall comfort-

Marigene said...

Oh, this looks so good, Pattie. I haven't made any this summer, yet! Your photos are magazine worthy.
Enjoy the remainder of the holiday weekend.

Unknown said...

Pretty sure I'd eat the whole pot!
Looks divine!

Linda said...

First time I've ever seen "corn stock"! How cool is that and makes so much sense. Looks amazing.

Julie said...

This looks delicious! A great way to usher the fall season in!

Eclectic Red Barn said...

What a great fall or winter dish. I love corn chowders and this sounds amazing.
Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon party,

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

I love all things chowder, this looks yummy! Thanks for joining us at the DI & DI Link party, have a great week!

Unknown said...

I pinned this! YUM!!

I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Miz Helen said...

I love Chowder, it looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
Miz Helen