Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Smoky Popcorn Chowder

Game Day eats need to be plentiful and varied. They need to appeal to a wide variety of individuals, both young and old, and appetites from the picky to the hearty. This Smoky Popcorn Chowder, topped with G.H. Cretor’s new Cheese Lover’s Mix Popcorn will appeal to everyone. Even the little ones in your crowd will not be able to resist the crunchy popcorn topping, and delicious smoky taste of the chowder.

Served in bowls as a main course, or in shooter glasses to make them portable, this will warm your crowd from the inside out, please their palates, and send them back for more. Keep bowls of Cretor’s Cheese Lover’s Mix and Buffalo and Ranch Mix Popcorn on the side, so as not to run out. A hungry crowd can become a surly crowd! You can make the chowder 1 to 2 days ahead of time; being held a couple of days in the fridge is only going to enhance its flavors.
Smoky Popcorn Chowder

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 slices bacon, diced
1 cup frozen corn
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium carrot, minced
1 Melissa's jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup cream
1 cup diced Yukon Gold potatoes
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1-2 cups G.H. Cretor's Cheese Lover's Mix Popcorn

Melt butter over medium heat.  Whisk flour into melted better and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes.  Set roux aside.

Cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Add corn, onion, carrot and jalapeño, and sauté until vegetables begin to soften. Stir in garlic, cumin, and chili powder and cook 2 minutes.  Add stock and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

Add cream and potatoes, and simmer until potatoes are tender, 12-15 minutes depending upon the size of your dice. As they cook, use a small potato masher to break them up. (I love this one.) Gradually whisk in roux, a little bit at a time, cooking the soup for a few minutes after each addition, until the soup reaches the desired consistency.  Add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve topped with popcorn.

Be sure to stop by Eat Your Books to get see how Cretor’s popcorn is used with Jimmy V's Chill-e, the Chili Hater’s Chili.

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by G.H. Cretor's from whom I received compensation.
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