Old Mill Restaurant's Signature Corn Chowder

"On a trip to Knoxville & Pigeon Forge Tennessee we ate at The Old Mill Restaurant. It's be in operation since 1830 and we had the most amazing Corn Chowder as the start to our meal. I prefer to use a ham base in this soup and the store bought is just as good as the homemade kind. This is a nice soup that tastes like it is more work than it really is."
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Ready In:
2 quarts




  • Mix liquids and 1 tablespoon butter, add potatoes and onions, cook until done.
  • Mix cracker crumbs, flour and seasonings. Add to potato and onion mixture.
  • Sauté chopped bell peppers in remaining butter till tender.
  • Add to potato and onion mixture.
  • Stir to mix well, bring to boil; add half and half and corn.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • *Seasonings are to taste. Taste often and add extra as desired.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Luynda5
    where can I find clam juice?
  2. mizbak44
    Does anyone have the recipe for Old Mill restaurants biscuits
  3. Angela C.
    Hi, I ate at the Old Mill in peigon forge just last week for the first time. The corn chowder was amazing. I was looking at your recipe, I tasted just a hint of some heat??
  4. catpruit
    Is there a mistake in the nutrition facts? Serving size can't be 3271 grams and 1278 calories.


  1. p.tristano74
    Here at the old mill now. Not even half way through my chowder and I had to Google the recipe! Thank you for sharing. It is well worth the effort. Best chowder I have ever had!
  2. SweetOlive
    Thank you for posting this recipe....we ate at the Old Mill a few years back and loved the corn chowder....I have tried several recipes but none have come close the Mill's recipe....now if I can find a recipe for their corn fritters....yummy!!!
  3. Kyluh
    We go to Pigeon Forge quite often and love this restaurant. I make this recipe often and everyone loves it!! They also have a great corn fritter recipe that goes with the chowder. Hint: The original has a ham taste so I use ham stock made fresh(i can't find it in the grocery here). I have made with beef and is still great!!!
  4. bjbarker
    I had the pleasure of visiting The Old Mill restaurant several years ago. Unless they changed chef's or their recipe...the corn chowder I had was full of great northern beans, potatoes, corn and chunks of hammocks. It was the BEST chowder I have ever had and I make my own version all the time. No clam juice or milk/half and half, I mash some of the beans to help thicken. I do use pimentos but no other bell peppers. I use canned corns (2 creamed 1 whole kernel) when corn on the cob isn't available. I grill the coc and cut off kernels then cream the cobs like we did on the farm. Add butter. The beans create a similar milky base. Have had many complements and requests for the recipe.
  5. Carol T.
    This was the only thing that I had at the old mill restaurant that I really enjoyed and it was almost worth the hour + wait


  1. lakesidecraig2017
    Original recipe received on handout from Old Mill does not include clam.juice but does include cracker crumbs


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