Bacon Corn Chowder With Potatoes
photo by lazyme
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 6 slices bacon, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1⁄4 cup chopped celery
- 2 cups lower-sodium chicken broth, divided
- 3 1⁄2 cups fresh corn kernels, reserving 3 of the stripped cobs (6 to 8 medium ears corn)
- 1 lb unpeeled red potatoes, cubed (1/2 inch, about 3 cups)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups hot milk
- 1⁄4 - 1⁄2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- Cook bacon in large pot over medium heat 8 minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towels; reserve bacon drippings in pot.
- Add onion and celery to pot; cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes or until almost translucent. Increase heat to high; add 1/2 cup of the broth, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from bottom of pot. Add reserved corn cobs, remaining 1 1/2 cups broth, potatoes, thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Cover; reduce heat to low.
- Simmer 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender; uncover.
- Add milk and hot sauce; simmer 5 minutes.
- Add corn kernels; simmer 3 to 4 minutes.
- Remove and discard corn cobs and bay leaves.
- Stir in bacon just before serving.
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Actual sweet corn is hard to come by here in Costa Rica. So when our neighbor gave us six ears, I decided the safest bet was to make corn chowder. Because I wanted to up the flavor, I used two chopped onions, a chopped red pepper and a lot of chopped parsley. Turned out quite tasty. If I'd made it in the states with REAL Jersey sweet corn, I would have given it five stars.
I completely tweaked the recipe. 1lb bacon (cooked until crispy not burnt) Leave bacon fat in pan 2 tsps better than bullion chicken base 4 cups water 2 cans creamed corn 2 cans corn 1/2 cup of half n half or light cream 3 russet potatoes or 1 can diced potatoes 1 tsp garlic cook with onion 1 small onion cooked until white Cook for 45 minutes add cream cook for another 5 minutes Crumble bacon Salt and pepper to taste
yum! I made mine vegan, omitting the bacon and sauteing the veggies in some vegan margarine and then adding vegan bacon bits at the end which worked well. I added 1/4 cup carrots - and glad I did. Next time I will double the amt of celery and then use 1/2 cup carrots. I also subbed out the thyme (not my favorite) for some no salt all purpose seasoning. Also subbed out chicken stock for veggie stock. Lastly, I used almond milk in place of the regular milk which wasn't thick enough, so I added some vegan potato buds to the desired thickness (we like ours thick). Thanks for sharing!!! Made for ZWT8.
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