Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cheddar Corn Chowder

I make everything you find on this blog...except this.  My wonderful husband decided to cook one night and let me relax while he did so.  B made this soup and it's now a favorite.  It's rich and hearty, and also sweet from the corn.  It's almost like loaded baked potato soup with corn.  It also makes enough to provide leftovers and is therefore bound to become a frequent meal in our house.  Oh!  I "made" the bacon.  That counts as cooking, right?

Serves 4 hungry adults.

8 strips bacon, chopped
1/4 c. olive oil
6 c. yellow onions, chopped (about 4 onions)
4 T. unsalted butter
1/2 c. all purpose flour
2 t. salt
1 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 t. ground turmeric
12 c. chicken stock or broth
6 c. medium-diced yukon gold or red potatoes, unpeeled (about 2 lbs.)
10 c. corn kernels (10 ears if using fresh or 3 lbs frozen)
2 c. half and half
1/2 lb. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
extra Cheddar for garnish (optional)
chives for garnish (optional)

In a large stock pot on med-high, cook the bacon and olive oil until crisp, about 5 minutes.  Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve.  Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions and butter to remaining bacon grease and cook 10 minutes or until onions are very tender.

Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and turmeric and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the chicken stock and potatoes and boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.  

If you are using fresh corn, cut the kernels off the cobs and blanch them for 3 minutes in boiling salted water, and drain.  (Skip the boiling in salted water if using frozen corn.)  Add the corn to the soup, along with the half and half and cheese.  

Cook for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.  Season with salt and pepper if desired.  Top with chopped bacon, extra Cheddar cheese and chives.  

Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten

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  1. MMM!! Similar to one of our favorite soups! Love the addition of the tumeric, I've not done that. Will save this one for our next Chowder Venture! Nicely done.

  2. Looks so delicious! How wonderful that your husband made it for you! He did a great job!

  3. Looks so creamy and delicious! I would love to have a bowl of some!

  4. Looks like delish! A great soup to warm up with!!

  5. Oh how I love corn chowder! Looks like you're hubby is a great cook too! How wonderful!

    Psst... You've been caught in a game of Tag! And you're it!

  6. This looks so hearty and soothing and yummy for a cold winter night. We will have to try this with the lemon bars soon. I know your hubby cooked this evening, but he is LUCKY to get to try all those desserts on the other days.



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