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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Creamy Corn Chowder

I'm always on the lookout for new soup or stew recipes. I just love them. So I was delighted to find a whole section of soups and stews in the new cookbook I got. I knew for sure I wanted to try this one out, since it uses ingredients I always have on had. It was really delicious! Creamy and sweet due to the corn and smoky salty, due to the bacon. The thyme added a much needed savoriness to the soup, without overpowering it. Everyone really enjoyed it and it will be going in my make again file, for sure.



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Creamed Corn Chowder
Adapted from How to Cook for Crohn's and Colitis by Brenda Roscher

4 slices center cut bacon
1/2 C diced onion
1 C diced celery
1 C diced carrot
2 C peeled and diced potatoes
1-14.5oz can chicken broth
2-14.5oz cans creamed corn
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 C half and half or chicken broth (optional)

Cook bacon in a large pot or dutch oven, over medium heat, until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on a paper towel. Add onion and celery to bacon drippings and cook about 5-7 minutes, until onion is translucent. Add carrots, potatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Cover and cook about 10 minutes, until vegetables are tender.

Add corn and seasonings and heat through. At this point the chowder will be very thick. If you like a thinner chowder, add either half and half or chicken broth and simmer for 2 minutes. Crumble bacon and add back to chowder.

Variations
Chicken Corn Chowder: Add 2 C roughly chopped cooked chicken with the corn.
Baby Clam Corn Chowder: Add 2-10oz cans whole baby clams and subsitute crushed red pepper, for thyme.

Makes 6-8 servings

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2 comments:

Brenda said...

Cindy, I had a favourite corn chowder recipe years and years ago and I somehow lost it. This sounds so similar it could almost be the same one. I just love chowder and it's that time of year again. Thanks for linking up to Cookbook Sundays and I hope you're feeling MUCH better!!

Kim said...

Just came over from Brenda's cookbook sundays. I love your creamy and bacony corn chowder. I am patiently waiting for our summer weather to go away so that I can enjoy a bowl of chowder just like this one!