Nicker’s Corn Chowder
photo by Nicker12
- Ready In:
- 1hr 30mins
- 2 large potatoes, diced
- 5 pints chicken broth (Use 3 pints for a thicker chowder)
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 sprigs thyme, if multiple branches approximately 6 if individual twigs (or 1 tsp dried)
- 4 slices bacon
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic
- 5 tablespoons flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups 2% low-fat milk
- 1 1⁄2 cups half-and-half cream
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- Boil ears of corn for 3 minutes then remove from water. Once cool enough to handle, slice corn from cobs as close to cob as possible. Place corn in bowl and save for later. Reserve cobs.
- In a large pot (dutch oven size will do) Simmer potatoes, celery, and carrot in chicken broth with bay leaves and thyme for about 25 minutes You may also break up the corn cobs and throw them in the pot to add flavour too ( I chose to save these for corn cob jelly$.
- While the broth and potato mixture is simmering, cut 4 slices of bacon into pieces about 1/4” and fry until crispy.
- Once bacon is crispy, remove the bacon from the grease and put it in a paper towel lined bowl or plate but leave the grease in the pan.
- Add 2 butter to the bacon grease. Over medium heat sauté the bacon grease, butter and garlic for 2 minutes.
- Slowly add flour to bacon grease, butter, garlic mixture and cook on medium heat approximately 3-5 minutes until golden. (Make a roux).
- About this time the broth should be ready. Remove the bay leaves, corn cobs, thyme and discard. Take a ladle of broth and whisk it into the roux.
- Whisk the roux into the broth mixture and simmer until it starts to thicken slightly.
- Gradually whisk in the milk and cream.
- Keep stirring and bring back to simmering.
- Add corn and bacon then simmer for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
- Potatoes will mash up while whisking and cooking.
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