Corn Chowder

I harvested a lot of corn the other day.  Whether it's my cooking methods, or the corn was left on the stalks too long, or just the way with Butter and Sugar corn, I find it a bit gummy to eat as corn on the cob.  It really sticks to one's teeth!

So, I cooked it, cut it off the cobs, froze some and made chowder with two of the ears.  The gumminess isn't noticeable this way!

 Here's my recipe.  I don't think the amounts of the vegetables are cut in stone, I just eye-balled it.

Corn Chowder

*2 or 3 slices of bacon
*1 cup chopped red pepper
*1/2 cup chopped onion
*3 cloves minced garlic
*2 cups fresh corn kernels
*2 TBS water, divided into 1 TBS amounts
*1/2 tsp. salt
*1 TBS flour
*2 cups chicken broth (you could use vegetable broth, skip the bacon and make it vegetarian chowder), divided into 1/4 cup and 1 3/4 cups
*1/4 cup white wine
*1 - 1 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes 
*3 sprigs of fresh thyme
*1/4 cup milk or half-and-half (I used milk_
*1/2 TBS butter or margarine

*Cook bacon and set aside to cool, then crumble and save until serving.  Drain pan, but leave in a few TBS of drippings.
*Add pepper, onion and garlic to the pan, stirring until brown and tender.  Remove from pan.
*Add corn, 1 TBS water and salt, stirring until corn is browned a bit.
*Add in other 1 TBS water and pepper mixture to corn. 
*Stir in flour, stir constantly for 1 minute.  
*Add 1/4 cup broth and wine, stir for 1 minute to dislodge browned bits from pan.  
*Stir in potatoes, thyme, and rest of broth.
*Cover, bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmer until potatoes are just tender.

At this point I turned it off until closer to dinner time. Or, proceed with the instructions.

*Discard thyme.  Put two cups of soup in a blender, vent for steam (mine was cooled already, so I didn't have to do that step), puree until smooth.  
*Return it to the pot and stir in milk or half-and-half, and margarine (or butter).  

*Serve with bacon sprinkled on top.  Makes four servings of about 1 cup each. 

 The finished product, ready to eat with a side of French bread.
I think it will make a better warm-you-up-inside winter chowder than summer fare. 
It's colors even scream "AUTUMN!" to me.



  1. ...we just had con for dinner and the two ears that we had should have been picked a couple of days ago. Perhaps it would make good chowder, I'll give it a try.

    1. I've only grow corn two times, so am not really sure when to pick it at its best.


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