Carrie has been wanting Corn Chowder for days, and I finally didn't have anything else planned for dinner tonight, so she got her wish. There are lots of ways people make corn chowder. Some thicken it with a traditional rue. Some Use canned corn (and that nastiest of all canned vegetables, creamed corn). I take a few shortcuts with mine, but the important thing is using good corn. Mine was cut fresh from the cob this summer and frozen for just such an occasion. Good sweet corn has a taste and texture that makes all the difference here.
To thicken my chowders I use a combination of techniques. I take potatoes and corn out after they have cooked down, and blend them until smooth. I then add the heavy whipping cream to the blender and blend it together with the corn and potatoes to thicken it up before adding it back into the pot. The combination of flavors and textures in a perfect corn chowder are something that cannot be compared to if done right, and the wife says mine was perfect. Give it a try, your family will love it.
Fat Boy Corn Chowder with Bacon
A rich creamy chowder that brings warmth to any winter dinner table. Garnish liberally with crumbled bacon and cheese to serve.
- 3 tbs. Olive Oil
- 1 cup diced onions
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 cups diced bell peppers (I use a mix of red, yellow, and green for color)
- 3 cups Chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 4 cups frozen whole kernel corn
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Italian seasoning
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a large pot heat olive oil
- Once oil is hot, add onions and peppers. Season with salt and pepper and then add garlic. Cook 3-5 minutes until onions are clear and garlic is just starting to brown.
- Add chicken broth, corn, potatoes, and italian seasoning
- Bring to a boil and then reduce to low, allowing to simmer for 30-40 minutes
- Remove 3-4 cups of cooked corn/potatoes from pot and blend until smooth. Add cream to the blender and mix until combined. Return mix from blender to the pot and stir in to combine. Let simmer additional 15-20 minutes then serve.
- Garnish with crumbled bacon and cheese as desired.